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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Review of: The Crimes of Paris

Author: Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler
ISBN: 9780316017909
Pages: 368
Published by: Little, Brown and Company (April, 2009)
Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Art History
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Let me start off by saying this: Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written a lot of books. Seriously, check out this list.

If you read my Tuesday posts then you have been teased not once, but twice. And I'll let you know now, the reason that the man (or men) were hiding in the storage closet in the Louvre was to steal the Mona Lisa. According to the authors, there were many small rooms and hidden alcoves like this in the 700 year old building; museum officials don't even know just how many there are.

One of the earlier suspects of the theft was Pablo Picasso, yes THAT Picasso. Nineteen year old Pablo Ruiz had arrived in Paris in 1900 to see (and exhibit a painting) at the Paris Exposition Universelle. Though he left Paris after this, he would return as Pablo Picasso (his mother's family name).

There are many other crimes discussed and dissected in THE CRIMES OF PARIS; burglaries, bank robberies, murders, even the first use of a getaway car (one of the bank robberies). There is explanations of the system known as bertillonage, which was widely used in France before the discovery that fingerprints were a much better system of identification.

I do not normally read non-fiction (with the exception of biographies and memoirs), but over-ruled my initial instinct about THE CRIMES OF PARIS and requested a copy. I'm really glad I did. There were times while reading THE CRIMES OF PARIS that I actually forgot that I was reading a non-fiction book. There writing is easy to understand and the authors do not bog you down with long, dry explanations.

I'm definitely going to keep this ARC and reread it at a later time; it's that good! I'm also going to check my library for some of their other books, specifically THE IRISH AMERICAN FAMILY ALBUM and THE GERMAN AMERICAN FAMILY ALBUM.

Buy The Crimes of Paris by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler:
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Giveaway Closed!
Five (5) lucky blog readers will get a copy courtesy of Valerie Russo! Just leave a comment here. If you do not have an e-mail link to your profile, please leave one in your comment. I will close this post to comments on the morning of Wednesday April 8th. I will use to select the winners. Per publisher's rules this giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only. No PO Boxes.



Beth F said...

Sounds like a good one! I'd love to win a copy of the book. BFish[dot]Reads[at]

Bookfool said...

Your review has me dying to read this! Please add me to the drawing.
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Shelley said...

This looks fascinating!

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Literary Feline said...

I find these types of books so interesting. I hadn't known that about Picasso! Please do enter me into the drawing. Thank you, Kylee.

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avisannschild said...

Please enter me!

Janel said...

A true story that reads like fiction. Sounds very interesting! Please enter me!

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bridget3420 said...

I'd like to enter.


mindy said...

sounds intriguing thanks for the giveaway

Christina said...

I would love to read this.



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Trish said...

woudl love to win this book!!

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Cheryl S. said...

Would love to read this book - please count me in!


sharon54220 said...

Great review. I would really like to read this.

durberville said...

absolutely intriguing, please enter me.


BUSY BEE said...

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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Angela C said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway:)

Brooke said...

This looks so good... I love reading books where I try to figure out who, why, and how they did it

liane66 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

judyv12306 said...

I put this on my must red list.

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