The Chatelet Apprentice
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.
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"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
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