Jean-François Parot is a diplomat and historian. The Châtelet Apprentice was his first novel , and the first in a series of Nicholas Le Floch mysteries which have been published to much acclaim in France. The second in the series, The Man with the Lead Stomach, was published in April 2008. The third Nicholas Le Floch title The Phantom of the Rue Royale will be available from October 2009.
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Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2011. This fifth exciting adventure for Nicolas Le Floch has it all: serial crimes and a bizarre murder weapon, as well as debauchery, espionage, and the follies of a young court where ancient rivalries and grudges still linger. Judges’ comments: ‘Nicola Le Floch, a Paris police commissioner under the young Louis XVI, investigates a murder which appears to implicate one of the king’s ministers, revealing local vice and foreign spies. Parot’s superb invocations of life in eighteenth-century Paris never overwhelm a complex intrigue involving all levels of French society.’
Set in Paris in 1761, this is a fascinating, detailed and revealing look at French law in the reign of Louis XV and opens up the reasons for the coming revolution. The central character is a commissioner of police. As the bodies pile up the investigation uncovers plot and counterplot, gambling debts, prostitution, blackmail, revenge and more so you’ve got to keep your wits about you to follow it all, but follow it you must for it is well worth reading.