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The Black Tower

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by Louis Bayard

Starred Review. A compelling and sympathetic narrator instantly draws the reader into Bayard's stellar third historical. In 1818, the notorious Vidocq, a master detective who's rumored to work on both sides of the law, pulls 26-year-old Parisian doctor … see full wiki

Author: Louis Bayard
Publisher: William Morrow
3 reviews about The Black Tower
review by . November 03, 2008
This book begins mysteriously, and there is an early murder which, at first sight, appears to have no relation to the principal protagonist. The detective on the case, however, uses his wits and knowledge to work at unravelling a mystery that is so convoluted it at times makes the mind reel. I understand this detective (who is based upon an actual French detective of that era) may have been the model for Poe's detective in "Murders in the Rue Morgue", and that is quite likely. There is almost non-stop …
review by . July 21, 2008
The treatment of the children of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by the French state following the murder of their parents must rank very high among the great things achieved in the name of egalitarianism. Certainly, not until the October Revolution of 1918 did anything really approach that level of Procrustean glory. But then, the Reds - like the Browns in Germany a decade or so later - were always attentive students and heirs of the French Revolution.    In "The Black Tower," …
review by . July 17, 2008
Being an avid reader of fiction, especially historical fiction, I can usually tell if I like a new book from the first few pages (unless I am already familiar with the author). There have been a few exceptions, which is why I continued reading this book, hoping against hope, that it would get better. Sadly, it didn't.     One has to slug through all that verbal flak coming at you and the end result is, almost always, too many words have been read but too little has actually been …
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