Memoirs of Vidocq: Master of Crime

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AK Press, 2003 - 370 pages
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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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Table des matières

A Peace of Mind Soon Lost
143
Good Intentions Come to Naught
151
The Villainous Past Preys Upon Me
160
A Fugitive Once More
172
My Debut with the Police
184
Victims of My Craft
192
The Nature of My Craft
204
The Clue of the Yellow Curtains
226
The Clue of the Two Footprints
264
Our Friends the Enemy
289
Important Captures
299
The Clue of a Scrap of Paper
315
A Hercules and a Brigand
328
Thieves and Robbers
341
Translators Notes
367
Droits d'auteur

My Renown Increases
250

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