City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

Appointed to conquer the “crime capital of the world,” the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light.The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods o...

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Title:City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris
Author:Holly Tucker
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ISBN:0393239780
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris Reviews

  • Mark Hodges
    Dec 21, 2016
    An amazing look into the true story of the deceptions and poisonings in the court of Louis XIV, from the viewpoint of Paris' police chief. The narrative sucks you in and holds you through to the end - it was hard for me to put this one down. Holly Tucker skillfully takes you to 17th Century France a...
  • Emesskay
    Dec 14, 2016
    This is a history book that reads like a mystery or thriller. I found the book very hard to put down , and stayed up way past my bedtime in order to finish it. Many of the criminals sound like villains from a storybook, except they were real people who actually did these things, lived these lives. I...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Mar 28, 2017
    Review: This was a fascinating and well-researched story, but it wasn't told in a particularly engaging way."Appointed to conquer the “crime capital of the world,” the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie beg...
  • SibylM
    Apr 02, 2017
    This is a very well-written and engrossing story, meticulously documented and sourced. That said, the whole "Affair of the Poisons" -- with its reliance on people informing against each other under torture, mass hysteria, accusations of witchcraft, black masses, infant sacrifice -- reminded me of th...
  • Kevin Parsons
    Feb 18, 2017
    Very interesting and well researched history. It is very difficult to sift through the many testimonies and interviews and separate truth from lies. Tucker does a good job presenting the events without trying to reach too many final conclusions. That restraint strengthens the integrity of the schola...
  • Miriam
    Mar 22, 2017
    Deception, intrigue, murder and betrayal from the roughest neighborhood up to the highest office in the land. This is not a book about today's political climate, but it might as well be! This incredible true story of The Affair of the Poisons, translated and made into narrative form by acclaimed aut...
  • Sean Gibson
    May 08, 2017
    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they’re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)…oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, let’...
  • Vera Marie
    Mar 08, 2017
    I had read Holly Tucker's fascinating history of the discovery of blood transfusions and looked forward to seeing her new book, City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic and the First Police Chief of Paris. I received an advance copy, and it did not disappoint.During the late 1600's, Louis XIV ru...
  • Rachel
    Mar 18, 2017
    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not.I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I got were pages upon p...
  • Bob Schnell
    May 04, 2017
    Holly Tucker's well-researched book "City of Light, City of Poison" sheds some light on a little known bit of French history. Much as America would like to forget about the Salem witch trials, France would probably like to forget about "The Affair of the Poisons" during Louis XIV's reign when black ...