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The Saint-Florentin Murders by Jean-francois Parot
  

The Saint-Florentin Murders

Part of the The Nicholas Le Floch Investigations Series
Crime / Mystery   Thriller / Suspense   
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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.’

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The Saint-Florentin Murders by Jean-francois Parot

Le Noir, Sartine's successor as Lieutenant General of Police, distrusts Le Floch. Monsieur de Saint-Florentin, the King's new minister, entrusts Commissioner Le Floch with the investigation into the murder of a chambermaid whose throat was cut in unusual circumstances at Saint-Florentin's home. His inquiry takes place both in Paris and Versailles, where he secures his position alongside the King and must confront the mysteries of the Trianon and the horrors of Bicetre.

Reviews

'A terrific debut from a French author and diplomat... Brilliantly evokes the casual brutality of life in 18th-century France.'
Joan Smith, Sunday Times

'An engaging murder mystery that picks away at the delicate power balance between king, police and state.'
James Urquhart, Financial Times

'Succeeds brilliantly in its reconstruction of pre-revolutionary Paris, in splendid period detail, and in its philosophic asides ...'
Douglas Kennedy, Sunday Times

'It's the superb Parisian detail and atmosphere that truly beguiles'
Marcel Berlins, Sunday Times

'Reads like a cross between a Maigret mystery and Les Liaisons Dangereuses ...'
Mail on Sunday

'Very strong on conveying convincing detail of the period'
Eurocrime

'One's attention is constantly drawn either by the developments of the investigation, the evocation of ancient culinary curiosities, or just by life in 18th century Paris.'
Emma

's World 'You could almost hear the crunch of the snow, the squelch of the mud and skulk in the shadows of dark and smoky candle-lit rooms.'
Chasing Bawa

'With swashbuckling style, Parot's prerevolutionary French characters will captivate readers with their sly humor, dastardly deeds, and, yes, honorable intentions. Don't miss!'
Library Journal

About the Author

Jean-francois Parot

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.

Photograph © Ulf Andersen Gamma

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Book Info

Publication date

12th October 2010

Author

Jean-francois Parot

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Publisher

Gallic Books

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Historical mysteries
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9781906040246

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