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The Chatelet Apprentice

Jean-François Parot

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.


About 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 in France. The novels, beginning with The Châtelet Apprentice, have been adapted as a successful TV series shown on France 2. About the translatorMichael Glencross is the author of Reconstructing Camelot, and the translator of several books including Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days and Emile Zola's The Dream.



"Jean-Francois Parot's evocation of eighteenth century Paris is richly imagined and full of fascinating historical snippets... the first in a promising series of French period mysteries, and if the other titles are half as good as this one, they will cetainly be worth looking out for." The Mail on Sunday

" a roaring success in France ... and it is easy to see why" The Economist.

'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

'Succeeds brilliantly in its reconstruction of pre-revolutionary Paris, in splendid period detail, and in its philosophic asides ...' Douglas Kennedy, Sunday Times