Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris

Little Demon in the City of Light

A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris

Hardcover
Pub. price: $26.95

ISBN10: 0385536038 ISBN13: 9780385536035 Publisher: Random House Espanol Published: Feb 25 2014 Pages: 333 Weight: 1.45lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.25" Language: English

Publisher's Comments

"The thrilling--and so wonderfully French--story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a lascivious court official by a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress, an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power. In France at the end of the nineteenth century a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Alexandre-Toussaint Gouffe entered a Parisianbuilding at 3 rue Tronson Ducoudray for what he thought would be a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard, only to be murdered--hanged!--by her and her ruthless companion Michel Eyraud, stuffed in a trunk, and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon, that question became the burning center of an inquiry into the guilt or innocence of a woman the French tabloids dubbed "The Little Demon.""--

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