The Black Tower PDF by Louis Bayard

The Black Tower PDF by Louis Bayard

The Black Tower

Vidocq The name strikes terror in the Parisian underworld of 1818 As founder and chief of a newly created plainclothes police force, Vidocq has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance to capture some of France s most notorious and elusive criminals Now he is hot on the trail of a tantalizing mystery the fate of the young dauphin Louis Charles, son of Marie Antoine Vidocq The name strikes terror in the Parisian underworld of 1818 As founder and chief of a newly created plainclothes police force, Vidocq has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance to capture some of France s most notorious and elusive criminals Now he is hot on the trail of a tantalizing mystery the fate of the young dauphin Louis Charles, son of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI Hector Carpentier, a medical student, lives with his widowed mother in her once genteel home, now a boardinghouse, in Paris s Latin Quarter, helping the family make ends meet in the politically perilous days of the restoration Three blocks away, a man has been murdered, and Hector s name has been found on a scrap of paper in the dead man s pocket a case for the unparalleled deductive skills of Eug ne Fran ois Vidocq, the most feared man in the Paris police At first suspicious of Hector s role in the murder, Vidocq gradually draws him into an exhilarating and dangerous search that leads them to the true story of what happened to the son of the murdered royal family Officially, the Dauphin died a brutal death in Paris s dreaded Temple a menacing black tower from which there could have been no escape but speculation has long persisted that the ten year old heir may have been smuggled out of his prison cell When Hector and Vidocq stumble across a man with no memory of who he is, they begin to wonder if he is the Dauphin himself, come back from the dead Their suspicions deepen with the discovery of a diary that reveals Hector s own shocking link to the boy in the tower and leaves him bound and determined to see justice done, no matter the cost In The Black Tower, Bayard deftly interweaves political intrigue, epic treachery, cover ups, and conspiracies into a gripping portrait of family redemption and brings to life an indelible portrait of the mighty and profane Eug ne Fran ois Vidocq, history s first great detective

Title : The Black Tower
Author :  Louis Bayard
Language : English
Isbn : 0061173509
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 368 pages

Rating: 4.9

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