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The Black Tower
 
 
Author
Louis Bayard.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780061173516
Pages/Publication Date 352/2009
Daedalus Item Code 30313
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The author who brilliantly revisited A Christmas Carol in Mr. Timothy and envisioned a young Edgar Allan Poe as sleuth in The Pale Blue Eye here employs the Parisian detective who inspired characters by Honoré de Balzac, Edgar Allan Poe, and Victor Hugo. Eugène François Vidocq, master of disguise and founder of France's plainclothes police force, is the terror of the Parisian underworld of 1818. Hector Carpentier, a former medical student living in his mother's boardinghouse, is suddenly swept into Vidocq's maelstrom when the great detective is led to his door in an investigation surrounding the fate of the little dauphin who would have succeeded Louis XVI.

"A compelling and sympathetic narrator instantly draws the reader into [Louis] Bayard's stellar third historical. In 1818, the notorious Vidocq, a master detective who's rumored to work on both sides of the law, pulls 26-year-old Parisian doctor Hector Carpentier into a torture-murder inquiry. The victim, Chrétien Leblanc, died without revealing that he was on his way to visit Carpentier, news that comes as a complete shock to the doctor, as the dead man was a stranger to him.... Bayard keeps the reader guessing until the end.... Few writers today can match the author's skill in devising an intelligent thriller with heart."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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