Fiction - Mystery & Detective - Historical

The Paris Labyrinth: A Novel

Ingenious illusionist Vincent embarks on a thrilling adventure in turn-of-the-twentieth century France to unlock the mysteries of the past in a quest for lost treasure. Along the way, he battles against dark forces as he tries to discern who he can trust in a race against the clock.

Vincent, more than anyone, knows what it means to keep a secret. With his troupe of talented craftsmen--the only family he has--he designs hidden compartments for priceless treasures and passageways for undetectable escape routes. The rich and powerful who hire him pay handsomely for his work, and for his discretion--they know only his first name, and his business is strictly word-of-mouth.

As Paris celebrates the 1889 World's Fair, the city fills with visitors who come to see the controversial new Eiffel Tower with its gravity-defying escalators, to tout their latest inventions, or to scout for prospective investment opportunities. Vincent takes on an urgent mission so secret he doesn't tell anyone about it. Suddenly, he and his team become the target of assassination attempts. In a race against time, as death licks at their heels, they puzzle over who could be behind the violence. Is it one of their clients trying to erase the secrets they had been hired to conceal? Has their work somehow provoked the dark forces of the occult? Who is this faceless adversary, lurking in the shadows, ready to strike them anywhere, anytime?

Confronted with mysteries uncovered from the past, and a life-or-death challenge that tests the limits of his ability, Vincent will do everything in his power to thwart the menace and protect his friends ... if only he can survive. What he is about to discover will shatter everything he thought he knew about the world....

About The Author

Gilles Legardinier writes genre-hopping best sellers in French with more than 2 million copies sold and translations in 20 languages. A novelist, screenwriter, producer, and director, his film industry experience in Los Angeles, London, and Paris ranges from scale model maker and pyrotechnician to marketing/distribution for Warner and Twentieth Century Fox.

  • Publish Date: May 04, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Fiction - Mystery & Detective - Historical
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • Pages: 440
  • US Price: $26.95
  • CDN Price: $35.95
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020674-9


“French author Legardinier makes his English-language debut with a pulse-pounding thriller set in 1889 Paris…. A secret society figures into the twisty plot of this atmospheric page-turner, a nice blend of Alexandre Dumas père and Dan Brown. Readers will look forward to more Legardinier translations.” —Publishers Weekly

“Deftly constructing an intricate world, Legardinier is at his best when depicting the secret architecture, magical inventions, and sheer genius of Vincent’s designs. These dazzle set alongside the magic of the World’s Fair, with its exhibits of glassworks, clockworks, machinery, and even the Eiffel Tower. Indeed, once Legardinier delves into the most hidden of subterranean vaults, the treasures rival those of Scheherazade’s tales. An exciting adventure story ripe for cinematic treatment.” —Kirkus Reviews