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Fantastic and engrossing, Journey to Redemption is a wonderful read. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The addition of fictional characters to round out Vidocq's character is well done and realistic.
This book shows that history and fiction merged together works well when done right. It chronicles the misadventures of Eugene François Vidocq who went from scoundrel to master detective in a believable, poignant, and mesmerizing way that had me turning pages to find out what happened next. The journal entries provide great insight into the character of Eugene and also explain some of his outside actions.
The quote by Maximillien de Robespierre in chapter three sums up the Vidocq character: "chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue."
A great read well worth your time.
Judith Allison, Editor in Chief, Global Grafx Press
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Journey to Redemption chronicles the life of Eugene Francois Vidocq, a 19th-century criminal-turned-detective whose exploits inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes.
Vidocq began his journey as a thief, escape artist, and master of disguise, escaping some of the most secure prisons in France. In his middle years, Vidocq turned to solving crimes, even those that baffled the police. He also established the Brigade de Surete, known today as the French National Police. Despite the fame provided by his memoirs, Vidocq never managed to shed his controversial past, and to this day the French government refuses to recognize his contributions to law enforcement.
How a criminal became the first detective.
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