I picked this book up because it was about the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre at the turn of the century. I love books that deal with real art and/or artists wrapped into the fictional story. (suggestions always welcome) With this book I was slightly deceived, but very pleasantly so. The book talks about Paris in general and crime in Paris specifically, at the end of the 19th century. Anyone interested in CSI procedures and their development coupled with true crime stories would love this book. I found it quite informative and fascinating. And yes, the book does get the theft of the painting as well. I was so enthralled with the reading it almost didn’t matter.