The New Yorker Reviews City of Light!
CITY OF LIGHT, CITY OF POISON, by Holly Tucker (Norton). In 1667, Louis XIV, hoping to reduce crime in Paris, created a law-enforcement position—the lieutenant general of police—with sweeping powers of surveillance and detention. Tucker’s history focusses on the first incumbent, Nicolas de la Reynie, who built up a network of informants and discovered more than he’d bargained for: an underground world of poisoners, witches, and chiromancers who were linked to a rash of deaths at Versailles and were plotting against the King . . .
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