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The Paris Enigma: A Novel Paperback – December 8, 2009
Pierced by the Sun
A gripping tale of murder and redemption by the author of Like Water for Chocolate. Learn More
From Publishers Weekly
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“[An] outstanding puzzler. . . . De Santis adroitly explores such issues as the difference between image and reality while providing intelligent and entertaining discussions of alternate approaches to detection.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“[A] beguiling historical whodunit . .. .” (New York Times Book Review)
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Top Customer Reviews
Part of the problem was that the book description doesn't really describe the book, so my expectations weren't met. The only similarity to The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, a book I loved, was the World's Fair. The Paris Engima lacked the rich detail and history. The description promised a "series" of grisly murders, of which there were only two, and only one "grisly". Etc.
I liked the writing, and the main character, and when the story was being told the book was quite good and compelling. The problem was that there were numerous case vignettes put forth by the "Twelve Detectives" which had no bearing on the story and actually detracted from it. If the book had just told the one story, it would have been a really good novella, but a lot of what was there felt like filler, or the author wanting to put all his murder mystery ideas into one place.
Glad I read it, but I wouldn't rush out to read more of the same.
Arkazy agrees to train Argentine Sigmundo Salvatrio on detecting although his student is Craig's assistant. They work on solving Darbon's homicide, as the Polish expatriate fears more of the international alliance of Twelve Detectives will be targeted by an unknown adversary especially when a preserved corpse is burned.
Told by the intelligent yet lacking confidence Sigmundo Salvatrio, THE PARIS ENIGMA is a superb historical mystery that uses late nineteenth century Paris (starting with the still not quite finished Eiffel Tower) as the backdrop to an entertaining whodunit. The story line is driven by The Twelve Detectives, whose competition for top gun turns nasty as superegos explode. Fans will enjoy the dysfunctional exploits of the world's greatest detectives struggling to solve THE PARIS ENIGMA with each wanting to be the one acclaimed as the best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking forward to reading this book during my trip to Paris, hoping it would both provide a good murder mystery and evoke turn of the century Paris and the Exposition... Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by MB
I read four to five thrillers a year, and 'The Paris Enigma' did not disappointed me. It was an enjoyable read with nice descriptions and good style. Read morePublished on August 6, 2010 by Ed Alvarez
I had high hopes for this book after reading some of its accolades in the press but found it to be just OK. It moved slowly and somehow the writing just didn't grip me. Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Porter Hardy
I purchased this book expecting an Agatha Christie/John Dickson Carr old style locked room mystery. To my surprise this book fell far short of the mark. Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by Harmon A. Prives
Here's the idea: Gabriél García Marquez and Isabel Allende meet one day by accident. They begin to talk, and decide to give a dinner party together. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Richard J. Smith
It dragged a bit. Probably too European for me. Does not compare with Robert B. Parker, Estleman et al.Published on April 15, 2009 by Rocky
What a wonderful, fascinating book! This is one of those books that can be enjoyed as a piece of genre writing or as a more philosophical investigation of an anxious historical... Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Owl in a Pine
The book was good, but not as good as I had hoped. There was little of the excitement of the Paris exposition and the "mystery" was rather mundane. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by R. Osborn
I was surprise I actually made it through this book especially since its only 244 pages long. It has nothing going for itself since it sets out to do way too many things and ends... Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by Mentallo