The Black Tower
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: August 2008
Duration: 9 hours 40 minutes
From the acclaimed author of The Pale Blue Eye, this literary thriller features EugÃ¨ne Vidocq, a criminal who transformed himself into the world's first and greatest detective.
After the execution of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI and the death of their son, the Dauphin, the Bourbon monarchy has at last been restored. Dr. Hector Carpentier leads a very quiet life, until he meets legendary police officer Vidocq, who has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to capture some of the most notorious and elusive criminals. Now, with the help of Carpentier, Vidocq may prove that the Dauphin lives, which could change the course of history.
"A compelling and sympathetic narrator instantly draws the reader into Bayard's stellar third historical....Bayard keeps the reader guessing until the end....Few writers today can match the author's skill in devising an intelligent thriller with heart."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)