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The Perfume Thief

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The Perfume Thief

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Set in Paris on the eve of World War II, Clementine, a queer American ex-pat and notorious thief, is drawn out of retirement and into one last scam when the Nazis invade.
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Clementine is a seventy-two year-old reformed con artist with a penchant for impeccably tailored suits. Her life of crime has led her from the uber-wealthy perfume junkies of belle epoque Manhattan, t... o the scented butterflies of Costa Rica, to the spice markets of Marrakech, and finally the bordellos of Paris, where she settles down in 1930 and opens a shop bottling her favourite extracts for the ladies of the cabarets. Now it's 1941 and Clem's favourite haunt, Madame Boulette's, is crawling with Nazis, while Clem's people - the outsiders, the artists, and the hustlers who used to call it home - are disappearing. Clem's first instinct is to go to ground - it's a frigid Paris winter and she's too old to put up a fight. But when the cabaret's prize songbird, Zoe St. Angel, recruits Clem to steal the recipe book of a now-missing famous Parisian perfumer, she can't say no. Her mark is Oskar Voss, a Francophile Nazi bureaucrat, who wants the book and Clem's expertise to himself. Hoping to buy the time and trust she needs to pull off her scheme, Clem settles on a novel strategy- Telling Voss the truth about the life and loves she came to Paris to escape. Complete with romance, espionage, champagne towers, and haute couture, this full-tilt sensory experience is a dazzling portrait of the underground resistance of twentieth-century Paris and a passionate love letter to the power of beauty and community in the face of insidious hate.
  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Publication Date: 10/08/2021
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Edition: International edition
  • Pages: 368
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  • Format:Paperback
  • Publication Date: 10/08/2021
  • Author:Timothy Schaffert

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