Cruel Choices: A New Anne Cartier Mystery

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The latest in the acclaimed French Revolution seriesSpring, 1788. Anne Cartier is searching for missing Lucie Gigot, last seen with the Marquis de Bresses valet. The trail leads to the marquis himself, a notorious libertine. When Bresse is found dead in the Seine, Annes quest turns into a murder investigation. Together with her husband and his adjutant, she uncovers a vicious network of pimps, brothel madams and corrupt policemen that traffics in human flesh.

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O'Brien's imperfect but entertaining sixth mystery set in revolutionary France (after 2006's Fatal Carnival) finds sleuth Anne Cartier, wife of Col. Paul de Saint-Martin, tracking down a missing country girl in Paris. Anne uncovers a prostitution ring run out of a millinery shop and links the illicit trade to the sexually deviant Marquis de Bresse, a disciple of the Marquis de Sade. Indeed, Anne determines that more than one naïve country girl has come to the city and disappeared; the question remains, have they been murdered? The heroine (occasionally dressed as a charwoman) skillfully maneuvers among syphilitic prostitutes, sneaky servants and deceitful shopkeepers as she tries to get to the bottom of things. Fans who have come to expect O'Brien's well-pitched historical details will not be disappointed—the journey into the underworld of the 18th-century sex trade is fascinating if grim. Readers new to the series, however, will struggle to piece together Anne's background and get a handle on her relationship to the police. (May)
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