City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

by Holly Tucker


“Tucker writes with gusto . . . high drama.”―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

In the late 1600s, Louis XIV assigns Nicolas de la Reynie to bring order to Paris after the brutal deaths of two magistrates. Reynie, pragmatic and fearless, discovers a network of witches, poisoners, and priests whose reach extends all the way to the king’s court at Versailles. Based on court transcripts and Reynie’s compulsive note-taking, Holly Tucker’s engrossing true-crime narrative makes the characters breathe on the page as she follows the police chief into the dark labyrinths of crime-ridden Paris, the halls of royal palaces, secret courtrooms, and torture chambers. 8 pages of illustrations; 1 map

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