From the back cover:
A chronicle of the most spectacular crimes of Belle Epoque Paris -- including the theft of the Mona Lisa -- and the detective who used science to try to solve them.
Turn-of-the-century Paris was the beating heart of a rapidly changing world. Painters, scientists, revolutionaries, poets -- all were there. But so, too, were the shadows: Paris was a violent, criminal place, its sinister alleyways the haunts of "Apache" gangsters and its cafes the gathering places of murderous anarchists. In 1911, it fell victim to perhaps the greatest theft of all time: the taking of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Immediately, Alphonse Bertillon, a detective world renowned for pioneering crime-scene investigation techniques, was called upon to solve the crime. And quickly the Paris police had a suspect: a young Spanish artist who called himself Pablo Picasso...
I received a copy of The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler from Hachette Book Group. I don't normally read non-fiction like this, but I'm intrigued and I can't wait to read it.
Hachette is generously offering 5 copies of The Crimes of Paris to my readers. To enter, please leave a comment on this post and an email address. If I don't have a way to contact you if you win, you won't be entered. Since the publisher is handling the shipping, this giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada addresses only, no P.O. boxes.
The giveaway will run until Friday, May 1, at 11:59 pm EST.