Holly Tucker’s City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris tells a fascinating true tale of murder, torture, and intrigue in seventeenth-century Paris—and explains how the City of Light got a nickname that has persisted for centuries. Prior to her appearance at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on June 8, Tucker spoke with Chapter 16’s Stephen Usery about a book The New Yorker called “an artful reconstruction of seventeenth-century Paris” blended “with riveting storytelling, presenting a contest between terror and surveillance that has strong contemporary resonances.”
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Stephen Usery is the producer of Book Talk, an author-interview program that airs daily on WYPL FM 89.3, a service of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. He lives in Memphis.