The Black Tower: A Novel

Paperback | October 13, 2009

byLouis Bayard

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From Louis Bayard, the acclaimed author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye, comes The Black Tower, a stunning and pitch-perfect novel featuring the real-life criminal who transformed himself into the world’s first and greatest detective. In The Black Tower, Bayard deftly interweaves political intrigue, epic treachery, cover-ups, and conspiracies into a gripping portrait of family redemption—and brings to life an indelible portrait of the mighty and profane Eugène François Vidocq, history’s legendary investigator.

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From Louis Bayard, the acclaimed author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye, comes The Black Tower, a stunning and pitch-perfect novel featuring the real-life criminal who transformed himself into the world’s first and greatest detective. In The Black Tower, Bayard deftly interweaves political intrigue, epic treachery, cover-ups, and ...

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Vidocq! Master of disguise and chief of a newly created plainclothes police force, Vidocq is a man whose name sends terror rippling through the Parisian underworld of 1818—and the inconsequential life of Hector Carpentier is violently shaken when Vidocq storms into it. A former medical student living in his mother's Latin Quarter board...

A writer, book reviewer, and the author of Mr. Timothy andThe Pale Blue Eye, Louis Bayard has written for theNew York Times,Washington Post, and Salon.com, among other media outlets. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:October 13, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061173517

ISBN - 13:9780061173516

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“Top-notch historical fiction. Bayard’s is the kind of popular fiction readers are thrilled to discover: equal parts effective plotting, lean but distinctive prose and characters and dialogue that brim with life from the outset. A royally entertaining read.”