Palace of Justice: An Aristide Ravel Mystery

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 23, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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“Known for her impeccable plotting and fully defined characters,” says Library Journal in a starred review about acclaimed author Susanne Alleyn, and in this newest installment featuring Aristide Ravel, freelance investigator for the Paris police, Alleyn brings her sharpest voice and most keenly crafted mystery yet.

Louis XVI is in his grave, and Marie-Antoinette is on her way to trial. Paris is hungry, restless, and fearful in the autumn of 1793, and the guillotine’s blade is beginning to fall daily on the necks of enemies of the French Republic. Not even members of the Republican government are safe from the threat of the Revolutionary Tribunal, where the only sentence for the guilty is death.

In this atmosphere of distrust and anxiety, police agent Ravel, while coming to terms with personal tragedy, must stop a ruthless killer who is terrorizing the city. Ravel soon learns, however, that hunting a murderer who strikes at random and leaves headless corpses on the streets, paralleling the ever more numerous victims of the guillotine, is a task that will lead him to dark, painful secrets and echoes from an even darker past.

            From the author of The Cavalier of the Apocalypse, A Treasury of Regrets, and Game of Patience comes the fourth Aristide Ravel mystery, unfolding amid the bloody events and murderous politics of the Reign of Terror.

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The plot is very well done. - Goodreads
Susanne Alleyn is a remarkable writer. - Goodreads
The history and portrayal of Paris is wonderful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - cameling - LibraryThing

Towards the end of the 1700s, the French Revolution has overthrown the monarchy and introduced many a royalist to Madame Guillotine and the executioners who keep her well oiled and sharpened. The ... Read full review

Review: Palace of Justice (Aristide Ravel - author's suggested reading order #2)

User Review  - Gordon - Goodreads

The French Revolution was a crucial turning point in the history of the western world. It marked the transition from aristocratic rule to democracy. This was not an easy step but one full of violence ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

SUSANNE ALLEYN was born in Munich and grew up in Western Massachusetts and New York City, earning a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has been fascinated with the French Revolution since childhood and has been exploring and writing about it since her teens.  

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