Death au Gratin

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An exotic, venomous cobra bites a chambermaid at the elegant Hotel Meurice, and news of the bizarre death quickly reaches Inspector Gautier's table at the Moulin Rouge. Reluctantly quitting his glamorous assignment as temporary attache to the Prince of Wales, the clever detective uncovers a murder plot against Armand de Perigold - a notoriously dissolute millionaire who has provoked much scandal and made scores of enemies among the socialites of Paris. So when a bomb goes off in Perigord's carriage, Gautier finds...
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Overview

An exotic, venomous cobra bites a chambermaid at the elegant Hotel Meurice, and news of the bizarre death quickly reaches Inspector Gautier's table at the Moulin Rouge. Reluctantly quitting his glamorous assignment as temporary attache to the Prince of Wales, the clever detective uncovers a murder plot against Armand de Perigold - a notoriously dissolute millionaire who has provoked much scandal and made scores of enemies among the socialites of Paris. So when a bomb goes off in Perigord's carriage, Gautier finds himself with many leads and few answers in this intricate roundelay of salacious gossip, treacherous blackmail, and deadly deception. Gautier discreetly protects the reputations of his society patrons while navigating the salons of the haut monde to expose the villain. None of this restrains the gratin from pursuing their endless fetes, liasons, and sly slander.
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The cream of late-19th-century Parisian society (the gratin) exhibits enough energetic misbehavior to call for the firm hand and diplomatic tact of Inspector Gautier of the Sret. Monsieur Armand de Prigord has overcome his questionable background and, by virtue of manners and wealth, risen to the upper echelons of society. But his notorious indiscretions have stirred someone's homicidal impulses. In the first murder attempt, a poisonous cobra placed in his bed kills the chambermaid. The second effort, a bomb thrown into his carriage, is successful and draws Inspector Gautier into the company of French aristocrats, whose arrogance and amorality he finds unpalatable. Could the killer have been a cuckolded husband? Or were Prigord's amorous liaisons simply a cover for his homosexual activity? Gautier, with the aid of Surat, his loyal assistant, uncovers an intricate web of blackmail and deceit that may have international implications. Grayson (Death Off Stage) tosses off a few too many red herrings, but this detailed evocation of belle epoque Paris, with its intriguing look at the French judicial system and all too human protagonist, provides extremely pleasant reading. (Aug.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312130473
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192

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