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Swordpoint


SWORDPOINT


David Crane



Published by Foremost Press at Smashwords


Copyright 2013 David Crane


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PREFACE


Eugene Francois Vidocq (1775–1857) was no ordinary man. I first became interested in him after reading an article about him in one of the Russian newspapers published in the United States. It was a short article, only two pages long, but it started me thinking. As a writer, I have never attempted to write a historical fiction novel partly based on the life and deeds of a real person who actually existed. It was an ambitious project, but I enjoyed the challenge. Eugene Vidocq is known to most Frenchmen. In fact, many Europeans consider him the forerunner of modern science of criminology. It is also speculated that Vidocq’s character also influenced writer Victor Hugo, the author of world famous novels, Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Who was Eugene Vidocq? What made him so interesting?

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