Book #59 was The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard. The back of the book reads: At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet’s body swinging from a rope. The next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has removed the dead man’s heart. Augustus Landor—who acquired some renown inRead more
Vidocq. The name strikes terror in the Parisian underworld of 1818. As founder and chief of a newly created plainclothes police force, Vidocq has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance to capture some of Franceâ€™s most notorious and elusive criminals. Now he is hot on the trail of a tantalizing mysteryâ€”the fate of the young dauphin Louis-Charles, son of Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI.
Hector Carpentier, a medical student, lives with his widowed mother in her once-genteel home, now a boardinghouse, in Parisâ€™s Latin Quarter, helping the family make ends meet in the politically perilous days of the restoration. Three blocks away, a man has been murdered, and Hectorâ€™s name has been found on a scrap of paper in the dead manâ€™s pocket: a case for the unparalleled deductive skills of EugÃ¨ne FranÃ§ois Vidocq, the most feared man in the Paris police. At first suspicious of Hectorâ€™s role in the murder, Vidocq gradually draws him into an exhilaratingâ€”and dangerousâ€”search that leads them to the true story of what happened to the son of the murdered royal family.Read more