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The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection

The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection

Turn-of-the-century Paris was the beating heart of a rapidly changing world. Painters, scientists, revolutionaries, poets-all were there. But so, too, were the shadows: Paris was a violent, criminal place, its sinister alleyways the haunts of Apache gangsters and its cafes the gathering places of murderous anarchists. In 1911, it fell victim to perhaps the greatest theft of all time-the taking of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Immediately, Alphonse Bertillon, a detective world-renowned for pioneering crime-scene investigation techniques, was called upon to solve the crime. And quickly the Paris police had a suspect: a young Spanish artist named Pablo Picasso....

THEFT

Chapter 1. THE CITY OF LIGHT

Chapter 2. SEARCHING FOR A WOMAN

Chapter 3. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL

Chapter 4. SCIENCE VS. CRIME

Chapter 5. THE MAN WHO MEASURED PEOPLE

Chapter 6. THE SUSPECTS

Chapter 7. THE MOTOR BANDITS

Chapter 8. THE THIEF

Chapter 9. CHERCHEZ LA FEMME

Chapter 10. THE GREATEST CRIME

AFTERWORD: THE MASTERMIND

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