City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First by Holly Tucker

By Holly Tucker

“A fierce story of conspiracy and retribution… because of Tucker’s sympathetic necromancy and her luscious resurrection of daily element, 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 scourge of homicide within the past due 1600s. Assigned by way of Louis XIV, Nicolas de l. a. Reynie starts by way of clearing the streets of dirt and fitting lanterns all through Paris, turning it into the town of Light.

The fearless l. a. Reynie pursues criminals throughout the labyrinthine neighborhoods of town. He reveals a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade clergymen. As he exposes their unholy paintings, he quickly learns that nobody is secure from black magic—not even the solar King. In an international the place a royal look can flip good fortune into shame, the space among the quietly back-stabbing global of the king’s courtroom and the felony underground proves disturbingly brief. Nobles settle rankings by means of applying witches to craft poisons and via hiring monks to accomplish darkish rituals in Paris’s such a lot illustrious church buildings and cathedrals.

As los angeles Reynie keeps his investigations, he's haunted through a unmarried query: might Louis’s mistresses may be keen on such nefarious plots? The pragmatic and principled los angeles Reynie needs to come to a decision simply how some distance he'll visit defend his king.

From mystery courtrooms to torture chambers, City of sunshine, urban of Poison is a gripping true-crime story of deception and homicide. in line with hundreds of thousands 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 attention-grabbing, real-life characters breathe at the page.

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