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 pandemic of homicide within the overdue 1600s. Assigned by way of Louis XIV, Nicolas de los angeles Reynie starts off by means of 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 throughout the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the town. He finds a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade clergymen. 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 luck into shame, the gap among the quietly back-stabbing global of the king’s court docket and the legal underground proves disturbingly brief. Nobles settle ratings via applying witches to craft poisons and by means of hiring monks to accomplish darkish rituals in Paris’s such a lot illustrious church buildings and cathedrals.
As los angeles Reynie maintains his investigations, he's haunted by means of a unmarried query: might Louis’s mistresses will be interested by 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. according to hundreds of thousands of pages of court docket transcripts and los angeles 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.
eight pages of illustrations; 1 map
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Overcrowded and dirty, Paris brought even the most levelheaded of inhabitants to the brink of violence. Conflicts were frequently adjudicated by a supply of weapons—from brass knuckles and clubs to daggers and rapiers—kept close at hand. When street “justice” was dealt, it came swiftly and often to the great shock of its victim. Only steps from the king’s library on the rue Richelieu, a watchmaker encountered a former customer. Bypassing all polite greetings, the man launched into vitriolic complaints about defects in the watch he had bought a year earlier.
D’Aubray had been ill before the trip to Offémont. Moreover, the only person close enough to poison d’Aubray at Offémont was the marquise. The very idea was preposterous. Surely a woman “raised in an honest family, who had such a pleasant face and complexion, and appeared so good natured” could not be capable of poisoning her own father. Equally reluctant to pursue the question, the civil lieutenant’s doctors declared that the sixty-six-year-old man had died of a sudden return of gout, an illness he had battled several years earlier.
With a strength that belied his age, Tardieu lunged at the thieves, battling the Touchet brothers for the gun. One of the brothers dropped the weapon and kicked it swiftly across the room. As Tardieu crouched to retrieve it, the second brother reached underneath his belt and removed a dagger. With four strokes to the neck, Tardieu crumpled to the floor. Servants discovered the couple’s corpses when they returned from church. Shocked, they ran into the streets screaming. The local guardsmen came and, after searching the home, they found the younger of the two brothers crouching on the roof.