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The Crimes of Paris by Dorothy Hoobler
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May 12, 12

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Read from May 02 to 12, 2012

Starts off ostensibly with the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. But the authors quickly go off on a variety of tangents - mostly entertaining - involving other crimes in Paris and its environs at this point in time. Various crimes and methods of detection are analyzed as are scientific breakthroughs that enable law enforcement to stay a step ahead of the criminal element. The concept of fingerprinting a person arrested of a crime is introduced in case that individual commits another.

Famous names passing through this very readable include Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, Gertrude Stern and Sarah Bernhardt and Edgar Allan Poe for good measure.

While I did enjoy this book it fortunately did not go on much longer than it did. Any more tangents would have been distracting.
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