By Holly Tucker
“A fierce story of conspiracy and retribution… due to Tucker’s sympathetic necromancy and her luscious resurrection of daily aspect, even in gilded palaces the human psyche turns out familiarly deceitful and self-justifying.” —Michael Sims, writer of The tale of Charlotte’s Web and Arthur and Sherlock
Appointed to overcome the “crime capital of the world,” the 1st police leader of Paris faces a pandemic of homicide within the past due 1600s. Assigned by way of Louis XIV, Nicolas de l. a. Reynie starts off through clearing the streets of dust and fitting lanterns all through Paris, turning it into the town of Light.
The fearless l. a. Reynie pursues criminals in the course of the labyrinthine neighborhoods of town. He reveals a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade monks. As he exposes their unholy paintings, he quickly learns that not anyone is secure from black magic—not even the sunlight King. In a global the place a royal look can flip good fortune into shame, the gap among the quietly back-stabbing international of the king’s courtroom and the felony underground proves disturbingly brief. Nobles settle ratings through utilising witches to craft poisons and via hiring clergymen to accomplish darkish rituals in Paris’s such a lot illustrious church buildings and cathedrals.
As l. a. Reynie maintains his investigations, he's haunted by means of a unmarried query: may possibly Louis’s mistresses should be serious about such nefarious plots? The pragmatic and principled los angeles Reynie needs to come to a decision simply how a long way he'll visit guard his king.
From mystery courtrooms to torture chambers, City of sunshine, urban of Poison is a gripping true-crime story of deception and homicide. according to millions of pages of court docket transcripts and l. a. Reynie’s compulsive note-taking, in addition to on letters and diaries, Tucker’s riveting narrative makes the interesting, real-life characters breathe at the page.
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City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris by Holly Tucker