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The Black Tower by Louis Bayard
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Nov 04, 10

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It's 1818 in Paris, and Vidocq of the plainclothes police force is investigating the murder of Cretian Leblanc, who has a piece of paper on his body with the name and address of Dr. Hector Carpentier. Vidocq goes to Hector, a young medical student living with his widowed mother, but Hector doesn't know Leblanc. Vidocq makes Hector help him investigate, and soon Hector realizes that it's his father who was involved with the dead man, and it has to do with the father's care of the Dauphin, Louis XVI, who was imprisoned at age 10 during the revolution. Although the authorities claim the Dauphin died in prison, there is also speculation he was smuggled out of prison. Vidocq and Hector discover the man who may or may not be the Dauphin, and Hector befriends him. The restored monarchy would not be pleased to find him alive, so danger is everywhere.

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