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9781906040154
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ISBN
9781906040154

eBook ISBN
9781906040529

Publication date
1st May 2009

RRP
£7.99

Extent (number of pages)
368

Translator
Howard Curtis

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FV / FFH / FYT

US publication date
11th November 2014

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$15.95

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The Phantom of Rue Royale (Book 3)

(Le Fantôme de la rue Royale)

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The third Nicolas Le Floch mystery

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Paris is in mourning. At the firework display marking the Dauphin’s marriage to Marie Antoinette, hundreds of people have been injured or crushed to death. Yet not all the victims died accidentally …
The tragic incident on Place Louis XV yields a new case for Commissioner Le Floch when a strangled woman is found amongst the other corpses. The investigation takes him to the home of a furrier on Rue Royale where he must deal not just with its curious residents but also face the terrifying forces of the supernatural.
Reviews
‘Parot again displays an impressive command of period detail and politics, and uses them to enhance an intricate murder mystery.’ Publishers Weekly
‘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
‘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
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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