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Little demon in the City of Light : a true story of murder and mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris / Steven Levingston.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780385536035 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0385536038 (hbk.)
  • Description: 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2014]

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0 current holds with 6 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 364.1523/Levingston (Text to phone) Available -
Beverly Main NEW HV 6535 .F8 P364 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Danvers New Books HV 6535 F8 P364 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Reading Adult New Nonfiction NEW 364.1523 LEV (Text to phone) Available -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 364.1523/LEVINGSTON (Text to phone) Available -
Saugus Adult Nonfiction 364.152 Levingston (Text to phone) Available -

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-333).
Summary: "The thrilling--and so wonderfully French--story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a lascivious court official by a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress, an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power. In France at the end of the nineteenth century a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Alexandre-Toussaint Gouffe entered a Parisian building at 3 rue Tronson Ducoudray for what he thought would be a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard, only to be murdered--hanged!--by her and her ruthless companion Michel Eyraud, stuffed in a trunk, and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon, that question became the burning center of an inquiry into the guilt or innocence of a woman the French tabloids dubbed "The Little Demon."-- Provided by publisher.

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