Item description for The Black Coats: The Parisian Jungle by Brian Stableford Paul Feval...
"Paris is like a forest in the New World where a score of savage tribes struggle for existence; each group lives on what it can get by hunting throughout society." In The Parisian Jungle, Paul Fval, the father of the modern detective novel, turns Paris-the beating heart of civilization-into a dangerous jungle whose undergrowth shelters all manner of predators. The Parisian Jungle, written in 1863, is the first in a series of crime novels describing the exploits of the Black Coats, the world's first international criminal organization. It anticipates novels, movies and TV series describing the adaptation of the Italian Mafia to 20th century Chicago and New York. The notion that crime fiction could be, and was destined to be, a literary genre emerges from The Black Coats.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Hollywood Comics
ISBN 1934543039 ISBN13 9781934543030
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19th Century Godfather Jun 30, 2008
In The Black Coats: The Parisian Jungle Paul Feval pere established many of the themes that would become staples in popular fiction and the bestseller list in the 20th and into the 21rst century. The Black Coats (les habits noir) is the name of an international crime conspiracy centered in Paris under the command of the seemingly immortal Colonel Bozzo-Corona and his second in command M. Lecoq. The Colonel lives as a quiet retiree with his grand-daughter and M Lecoq is an important police official, but beneath these guises they lead a criminal organization that numbers some 2000 in France alone, a conspiracy with its own coded language: "Will there be daylight tomorrow?" Will the Black Coats strike ...
Feval spins a tale of double cross and crime as the Black Coats manuevere to outwit the law, innnocent victims, and each other. In The Parisian Jungle Lecoq has framed a young man for a crime and the tale unfolds as that young man escapes and returns Monte Cristo like to take revenge on Lecoq and the Black Coats. But the real pleasure of the novel is Feval's colorful portrayal of his conspirators, their schemes, and the Dickenian collection of bizarre characters, broad humor, grotesqueries, and horror.
Historically the book is important as it provides a bridge between Poe's early tales of raciocination, the popular Newgate Callender tales of crime and criminals, Dickens and Wilkie Collins early attempts at the dectective novel, and the roman policiers of Emile Gaiborou (who not coincidentally was Feval's secretary) that would establish the detective novel and series sleuth once and for all. Adaptor Brian Stableford, himself a well known writer of sf, fantasy, horror, and literary criticism, provides an informative and entertaining introduction to the world of the Black Coats and Paul Feval's popular fiction (the oft filmed swashbuckler Le Bossu, John Devil, etc ...), and annotation to the novel itself. But first and formost The Black Coats is an old fashioned good read.
With Dickensian verve Feval's novel veers from the grotesque to pathos, from chills, thrills, and Grand Guingol horror to broad humor and even satire. At the same time Feval's picture of the infighting and political scheming within the Black Coats could be a tintype for the corruption portrayed in the works of Hammett and Elmore Leonard, and the dark world of Mario Puzo's Godfather saga (not surprizingly the Black Coats were adapted popularly for French televison).
Above all The Black Coats: The Parisian Jungle is a book to climb inside and inhabit, to curl up with and enjoy a familiar yet alien world not so far removed from our own. This is the first of seven Black Coats volumes Stableford and Black Coats Press hope to present reprinting the entire Black Coats saga (so far this, The Black Coats: Salem Street, and The Black Coats: The Invisible Weapon are all available in attractive trade paperback editions). While the reader can read these books for their literary and historical importance they are first and formost absorbing reading for any lover of mystery,romance, thrillers, adventure, and romance.