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1st January 2009



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The Man with the Lead Stomach (Book 2)

(L'Homme au ventre de plomb)

Author Jean-Francois Parot


The second Nicolas Le Floch mystery

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An unusual death during a society evening at the Opera reveals something sinister at the heart of the French court…

October 1761 finds the newly-promoted Commissioner Le Floch on duty at a Royal performance of Rameau’s latest work. Events take a dramatic turn and Nicolas is soon embarked on his second major investigation when the body of a prominent courtier’s son is found.

The initial evidence points to suicide, but Le Floch’s instincts tell him he is dealing with murder of the most gruesome kind.

‘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
‘Suspenseful…This intelligent page-turner doesn’t sacrifice detail for plot or visa-versa’ Publishers Weekly
‘A strong investigative historical starring a wonderful protagonist’ Midwest Book Review
‘Those who love historical mysteries will relish the period detail, court intrigues and tightly plotted story. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.’ I Love a Mystery Newsletter

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