Thursday, January 29, 2009

Required listening

Louis Bayard's latest historical mystery, The Black Tower, has been receiving fantastic reviews. He has garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Bookmarks, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist for this great story set in France after the fall of Napoleon. The Bourbon monarchy has been restored, and the newly created Sûreté Nationale (the French equivalent of Scotland Yard) is being led by the colorful ex-criminal Vidocq.
Vidocq is currently investigating the possibility that the Dauphin - son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette - did not die during the Revolution in the notorious Temple prison, but was instead smuggled to safety. Treachery, political intrigue, historical color and wonderful characterization come together in this novel. A little bit of mystery, a little bit of thriller and a little bit of history (Eugène François Vidocq was actually a real person), this story offers a little something for everyone.
We not only have this in book format, we also have the audio version. Read by Simon Vance, who did such a great job with the voice characterizations in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, the audiobook makes for compelling listening.

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