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Holly Tucker

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic and the First Police Chief of Paris

W.W. Norton

Nicolas de la Reynie gets his non-fictional historical due here as Paris’ first documented chief of police, in the reign of Louis XIV. Reynie literally cleaned up the town, installed street lights, and cracked down on crime. His reforming zeal was put to the test when the Sun King told him to investigate an appalling string of murders later known as the “Affair of the Poisons.” Reynie’s carefully documented inquiry reached from the slums all the way to the throne before Louis pulled the plug and ordered the files destroyed. Reynie obeyed, but kept copies. Come on, somebody, film this.

– Bruce Collier

Greg Iles

Mississippi Blood

William Morrow

The third and final installment of Iles’ Natchez Burning trilogy focuses primarily on the trial of Dr. Tom Cage, who is accused of murdering his former nurse and lover. Meanwhile, the good doctor’s son Penn faces threats from all sides—his disgruntled half-brother, the ultra-racist Double Eagles, and the District Attorney, all of whom are out for revenge of some sort. With excitement at every turn, memorable new characters and a masterful climax, you couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying conclusion.

– Chris Manson
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