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The Dauphin's wedding to an Austrian princess was celebrated in Paris with a firework display. But as the fireworks failed to explode, panic in the crowd has led to crush and hundreds hurt or killed. Sifting through the bodies Commissioner Le Floch comes across one which does not appear to have died by accident. This leads him to a complex tale of revenge and murder involving a Micmac indian, a family of furriers and a possessed maid.

The third outing for Nicholas Le Floch takes place several years after the last. Madame de Pompadour (the lady of Choisy) is dead and the King has a new mistress. However Nicholas and his trusted group of allies are still fighting crime in the centre of Paris. Parot has really found his stride in his tales of the french detective. The plot is complicated and yet fairly simple and there are lots of sideways diversions to keep the reader entertained. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
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Alors que Paris célèbre le mariage du dauphin par un feu d'artifice sur la place Louis XV, c'est la catastrophe : des carrosses renversés, des centaines de victimes écrasées... Le Floch reprend du poil de la bête. Au milieu des cadavres, une jeune femme tient serrée dans sa main une perle noire. Est-elle morte étouffée... ou étranglée ?

En compagnie du chirurgien Semacgus et du bourreau Sanson, l'enquête de Nicolas nous conduit du côté du négoce de la rue Saint-Honoré où l'on va croiser une étrange famille, une servante possédée et un indien d'Amérique lettré. Le siècle des lumières demeure aussi celui des exorcismes et, au milieu des intrigues de la cour, de terribles vérités seront révélées...
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Paris is in mourning. At the firework display marking the Dauphin's marriage to Marie Antoinette, hundreds of people have been injured or crushed to death. Yet not all the victims died accidentally...This tragic incident on Place Louis XV yields a new case for Commissioner Le Floch when a strangled woman is found amongst the other corpses. The investigation will lead him to the home of a furrier on Rue Royale and a terrifying encounter with supernatural forces.… (more)

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