The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection (Paperback)
A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection
Bison Books, 9780803234321, 376pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
In The Crimes of Paris, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler tell the gripping story of the theft and the investigation that followed. Bertillon and his associates would pursue clues leading them into the world of avant-garde artists, cheap apartments in Montmartre and Montparnasse, cabarets, and from this first great mystery into yet others. Their suspects would be everyone from the poet Guillaume Apollinaire to J. P. Morgan to Pablo Picasso. A vivid tapestry of Paris, daring thieves, and relentless investigators, The Crimes of Paris is a heart-pounding true-crime thriller of the highest order, as well as a brilliant account of the modern detective.
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Praise For The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection…
“Part fast-paced thriller and part social history, The Crimes of Paris is a book you can’t put down. I found it to be irresistibly engrossing.”—Michael Connelly
“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.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“[An] engrossing forensic history. . . . [Its] lively portraits . . . [and] anecdotes buzz with energy.”—Washington Post
"The theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 brings on stage Vicdocq and Bertillon as scientific investigators, Apollinaire and Picasso as possible villains, as well as leading lights of the Belle Epoque in supporting roles as a worldwide investigation gets underway. It’s high adventure throughout. The notes and bibliography alone are worth the price of the book."—Peter Skinner, ForeWord
“Set in the early 20th century against the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, The Crimes of Paris takes an evocative look at the darker side of the City of Light. An engrossing tale of a city vibrant with artists—even a young Picasso was involved in the theft—poets, anarchists, aristocratic and street thieves, belle epoque scandals, and the pioneers of crime detection. Delectable, compelling, and intriguing.”—Cara Black, author of Murder in the Marais