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Chatelet
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ISBN
9781906040062

eBook ISBN
9781906040468

Publication date
8th January 2008

RRP
£7.99

Binding
PB B

Extent (number of pages)
368

Translator
Michael Glencross

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BIC category
FV / FFH / FYT

US publication date
18th October 2013

US RRP
$15.95

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The Châtelet Apprentice (Book 1)

(L'Énigme des Blancs-Manteaux)

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The first Nicolas Le Floch mystery
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Description

France 1761. Beyond the glittering court of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour at Versailles, lies Paris, a capital in the grip of crime and immorality …

A police officer disappears and Nicolas Le Floch, a young recruit to the force, is instructed to find him. When unidentified human remains suddenly come to light, he seems to have a murder investigation on his hands. As the city descends into Carnival debauchery, Le Floch will need all his skill, courage and integrity to unravel a mystery which threatens to implicate the highest in the land.

Reviews
‘A terrific debut from a French author and diplomat. The novel is set in prerevolutionary Paris where a young detective, Nicolas Le Floch, has to investigate the disappearance of one of his superiors. Working without modern investigative techniques in a police force reliant on torture, Le Floch confronts the ethical dilemmas of the period in a novel that 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
‘Dirty, pestilential 18th-century France really promises a walk on the wild side. Jean-François Parot delivers on that pledge with gusto … He takes us into the dank cells of the Bastille, the reeking morgue of the Basse-Geôle, the boisterous brothels and taverns and stewpots and all the other places we really want to see.’ Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
‘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
‘Le Floch develops as a character nicely throughout the series, and that is evident even in this, the first novel….they (the series) just keep getting better and better.’ Crime Fiction Lover
‘A fabulous eighteenth century French police procedural that brings to life pre-Revolutionary Paris’ Genre Go Round Reviews
Jean-François Parot

Meet the author

Jean-François Parot is a diplomat and historian. He is the author of the Nicolas Le Floch mysteries, which take place in eighteenth century France. The novels, beginning with The Châtelet Apprentice, have been adapted as a successful TV series shown on France 2.

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