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BOOK REVIEW: THE CRIMES OF PARIS
A TRUE STORY OF MURDER, THEFT
AND DETECTION BY
DOROTHY HOOBLER AND THOMAS HOOBLER
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The Crimes of Paris is a book about several crimes that took place in and near Paris. As I started to read this book I thought the total story was based on the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. It does start out that way but the theft is just a short section of the book. I must admit, however, that the theft of the Mona Lisa was enough to capture my attention and make me want to continue on with the rest of the book. The remainder of the book describes other crimes that took place during this time and introduces the reader to many historical figures like the first real detective in France, Bertillon.
It is very obvious that the authors did much research for this book in order to be able to point out many interesting historical facts to the attention of the reader. This book does an excellent job of covering Paris during a time when many things were going on in the country. The descriptions will make the reader feel like they are right there on the streets of Paris.
I really enjoyed The Crimes of Paris although I really wish the story continued on more along the lines about the theft of the Mona Lisa. All in all, this is an intriguing read.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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