The Black Tower by Louis Bayard
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Vidocq! Master of disguise and chief of a newly created plainclothes police force, Vidocq is a man whose name sends terror rippling through the Parisian underworld of 1818—and the inconsequential life of Hector Carpentier is violently shaken when Vidocq storms into it. A former medical student living in his mother's Latin Quarter boardinghouse, Hector finds himself dragged into a dangerous mystery surrounding the fate of the dauphin, the ten-year-old son of King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette presumed to have suffered a cruel death years earlier in Paris's dreaded Temple. But the truth of what happened may be even more shocking—and it will fall to an aimless young man and the most feared detective in Paris to see justice done for a frightened little boy in a black tower . . . no matter what the cost.

 

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Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Carpentier surprises himself, as well as Vidocq, as he ferrets out clues, follows them up, dissects them and trusts his instincts to expose the truth.

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of The Black Tower (P.S.)

BookPage

Though he and Charles are close in age, Hector finds himself taking over his father's role as Charles' protector, while Vidocq goads him on in pursuit of definitive evidence of Charles' royal lineage.

Sep 02 2015 | Read Full Review of The Black Tower (P.S.)

Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: In 1818 Paris, former convict and chief detective Eugène François Vidocq, feared and revered for having captured some of France’s worst criminals, involves Hector Carpentier, a young medical student, in a murder case.

Aug 24 2008 | Read Full Review of The Black Tower (P.S.)

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