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The Black Tower

by Louis Bayard

      It's 1818 and Eugene Francois Vidocq, the founder of a newly created plainclothes police force, is about to tackle one of the most haunting mysteries to grip Paris in years.

The master of disguise and surveillance is about to apply his considerable skills to uncovering what really happened to Louis-Charles, the lost son of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. Supposedly the dauphin died in Paris' Temple Prison, but rumors persisted for decades that the 10-year-old had been smuggled out of the black tower where he was held captive.

Now a recent murder has refocused interest in the old mystery of the child's demise. The investigation uncovers evidence that suggests perhaps Louis XVII is still alive and well. If so, that might explain the sudden whirlwind of violence that swirls around this possible survivor of the royal family.

A surfeit of political intrigue, treachery, cover-ups, and conspiracy make this highly entertaining period piece filled with delightful characters and intricate plot complications one you won't want to miss.

The Book

HarperCollins e-books
Kindle edition eBook
Historical thriller / 1818 Paris
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The Reviewer

Bob Walch
Reviewed 2009
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