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When Beggars Die

4.67 of 5 stars 4.67  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Allen's detective, Gerard de Montclaire, is nicely finessed into both literary and political history. When Beggars Die, first in the author's detective series, tackles murder, intrigue, and a nefarious plot against King Edward VII of England. Marie Collot is dead, and above her lifeless form stands the King of England.

The author breathes visceral life into the dark alleys
Paperback, 346 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by High Hill Press
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Michael Cohen
When I met Ed Allen—that’s a great moniker, by the way, for one writing in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe—he was finishing a Ph.D. in history at Tulane and I was teaching at the University of New Orleans. He went on to a career that included a post as Senior CIA Analyst for European Security Affairs. I can’t think of a better background for someone writing a historical thriller about the precarious balance of power in Europe at the dawn of the twentieth century. That’s the period when the act ...more
O. P.
An excellent read, with twists and turns throughout and an exciting ending. I love France and Paris and this story features both, with a French detective who is a different sort of bird. The setup is interesting and has a great deal of history to it. I love to read historical mysteries in part because I like to learn a bit of history. This story teaches and entertains. It was the first of this series I read, and it made me want more.
I am a huge fan of crime fiction, Le Chat Noir, and Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, which is why this book deserves four stars. Montclaire likes to see justice served a bit more than Dupin, which I like, but his role in the balance of justice is a bit shocking to a good way.
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Dr. Edward A. Allen is a retired CIA Intelligence Officer. During Bush and Clinton Administrations, he served as the CIA’s Senior Analyst for European Security Affairs, and as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Europe. He has lectured widely on International Relations and has published more than a score of historical articles in scholarly journals—notably The Journal of British Studies and F ...more
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