The Crimes of Paris

A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection

By Dorothy Hoobler; Thomas Hoobler
Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316017909, 376pp.

Publication Date: April 2009

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Description
Turn-of-the-century Paris was the beating heart of a rapidly changing world. Painters, scientists, revolutionaries, poets--all were there. But so, too, were the shadows: Paris was a violent, criminal place, its sinister alleyways the haunts of Apache gangsters and its cafes the gathering places of murderous anarchists. In 1911, it fell victim to perhaps the greatest theft of all time--the taking of the "Mona Lisa "from the Louvre. Immediately, Alphonse Bertillon, a detective world-renowned for pioneering crime-scene investigation techniques, was called upon to solve the crime. And quickly the Paris police had a suspect: a young Spanish artist named Pablo Picasso....



About the Author
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written almost 100 books, for children, young adults, and general audiences. The third book in their Samurai Detective series, "In Darkness, Death" won an Edgar for the Best YA novel of 2004. Mystery writer Michael Connelly called the Hooblers' most recent nonfiction book, "The Crimes of Paris," "a book you can't put down. I found it to be irresistibly engrossing." You can read more about the Hooblers on their website HooblerAuthors.com.Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written almost 100 books, for children, young adults, and general audiences. The third book in their Samurai Detective series, "In Darkness, Death" won an Edgar for the Best YA novel of 2004. Mystery writer Michael Connelly called the Hooblers' most recent nonfiction book, "The Crimes of Paris," "a book you can't put down. I found it to be irresistibly engrossing." You can read more about the Hooblers on their website HooblerAuthors.com.



Praise For The Crimes of Paris

"[An] engrossing forensic history...[its] lively portraits...[and] anecdotes buzz with energy."
-The Washington Post

"... A thorough and at times disturbing view of turn-of-the-century Paris, and its crimes and passions...Francophiles and true-crime lovers will find the book a fascinating read...a fulfilling read for those of us who like to stalk the wild side from a cozy armchair, perhaps with a side of pâté."
-Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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