The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection by Dorothy HooblerThe Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection by Dorothy Hoobler

The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection

byDorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler

Paperback | October 1, 2010

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Turn-of-the-century Paris was the beating heart of a rapidly changing world. But the City of Light was also a violent place. Criminals eagerly took advantage of the inventive nature of the age—the first getaway car, increasingly dangerous weapons, more creative disguises. The police battled back with a weapon of their own: Alphonse Bertillon, the world’s greatest detective, the inventor of the mug shot and the crime-scene photo, and a brilliant innovator who pioneered the new science of criminal investigation.
 
Then on August 21, 1911, came a crime like none other: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. It was assumed that Bertillon would quickly solve the mystery and retrieve the painting.
 
It would not be so simple.

In The Crimes of Paris, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler tell the gripping story of the theft and the investigation that followed. Bertillon and his associates would pursue clues leading them into the world of avant-garde artists, cheap apartments in Montmartre and Montparnasse, cabarets, and from this first great mystery into yet others. Their suspects would be everyone from the poet Guillaume Apollinaire to J. P. Morgan to Pablo Picasso.
 
A vivid tapestry of Paris, daring thieves, and relentless investigators, The Crimes of Paris is a heart-pounding true-crime thriller of the highest order, as well as a brilliant account of the modern detective.
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written numerous books together, including The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein and the Edgar Award–winning In Darkness, Death. They are married and live in New York City.
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Title:The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and DetectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.95 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803234325

ISBN - 13:9780803234321

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Table of Contents

Theft
Chapter One - The City of Light
Chapter Two - Searching for a Woman
Chapter Three - Sympathy for the Devil
Chapter Four - Science vs. Crime
Chapter Five - The Man Who Measured People
Chapter Six - The Suspects
Chapter Seven - The Motor Bandits
Chapter Eight - The Thief
Chapter Nine - Cherchez la Femme
Chapter Ten - The Greatest Crime
Afterword - The Mastermind
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"The theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 brings on stage Vicdocq and Bertillon as scientific investigators, Apollinaire and Picasso as possible villains, as well as leading lights of the Belle Epoque in supporting roles as a worldwide investigation gets underway. It’s high adventure throughout. The notes and bibliography alone are worth the price of the book."—Peter Skinner, ForeWord
- Peter Skinner - ForeWord