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VAN LAERHOVEN Bob, Baudelaire's Revenge: A Novel


From the publishers:
Winner of the Hercule Poirot Prize for Best Crime Novel
"It is 1870, and Paris is in turmoil. 
As the social and political turbulence of the Franco-Prussian War roils the city, workers starve to death while aristocrats seek refuge in orgies and séances. The Parisians are trapped like rats in their beautiful city but a series of gruesome murders captures their fascination and distracts them from the realities of war. The killer leaves lines from the recently deceased Charles Baudelaire's controversial anthology Les Fleurs du Mal on each corpse, written in the poet's exact handwriting.   Commissioner Lefevre, a lover of poetry and a veteran of the Algerian war, is on the case, and his investigation is a thrilling, intoxicating journey into the sinister side of human nature, bringing to mind the brooding and tense atmosphere of Patrick Susskind's Perfume. Did Baudelaire rise from the grave?  Did he truly die in the first place? The plot dramatically appears to extend as far as the court of the Emperor Napoleon III.
A vivid, intelligent, and intense historical crime novel that offers up some shocking revelations about sexual mores in 19th century France, this superb mystery illuminates the shadow life of one of the greatest names in poetry."
Release date: 15 April, 2014.
Review by Cindy A. Matthews on, dated 7 February, 2014.

ISBN: 978-1-60598548-0

Place and publisher: Pegasus

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 256

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