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Memoirs of Vidocq: Master of Crime (NABAT) [Paperback]

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Criminal exploits, secret agent intrigue, and clever -disguises fill the pages of Francois Eugene Vidocq’s memoirs. A legendary figure in history, Vidocq is known as the first detective and an inspiration to great writers such as Honore de Balzac, Victor Hugo and Edgar Allen Poe. As a player in the criminal underworld, Vidocq is a master of disguises and an accomplished thief, eventually turning his unlawful talents toward catching criminals as the first French chief of secret police. Playing both sides of the law, Vidocq’s life highlights the blurry line between law enforcement and the criminals they pursue. Vidocq has a knack for finding trouble throughout his topsy-turvy life, getting into one hot situation after another, often finding himself behind bars, only to escape the first chance he gets. This book will take you on a whirlwind tour of 1830s France, including the circus stage, pirate ships, prison cells and beautiful women’s boudoirs. Vidocq’s life story is unforgettable and includes some of the best crime stories and juicy tales ever written. Last year, Gerard Depardieu starred in the French film adaptation of the memoirs, -titled Vidocq.

"He preferred the tumultuous life of danger to the contentment of security. His story is one long swashbuckling adventure as he breaks out of jails, pursues actresses, duels to the death, raids the hells of criminals and stalks the Paris night in a thousand disguises."—Philip John Stead, Vidocq, Picaroon of Crime

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Pages   433
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 6"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2003
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1902593715  
ISBN13  9781902593715  

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pretty good  Jul 16, 2008
I read this book a while ago. SO my memory is a little hazy. But I remember that the book had a nice classic pulp tone. Like a pulp ghost writer hooked it up rather than Vidocq himself -maybe its the translation.

THe first part of the book deals with Vidocq's criminal adventures. And the second half is where he turns to good.

Its kind of repetitious. Vidocq escapes from jail at least 5000 times. and he disquises himself and shadows some one like 200-300 times.

Over all, I recommend this book. Nice gaslamp adventure. If you like pulpy crime narratives from the 19th century - who doesnt.
The first internationally recognized detective  Aug 22, 2007
True story of a thief and career criminal he became head of Paris's secret police. Insiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Alan Poe's detective stories. A master of disguise, acrobat, and keen investigator who also used lies, extortion, and bribes to always get his man.

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