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"Signs, wonders, and witchcraft beset 17th-century France" in this "grim but spellbinding" novel of a mother searching for her son inspired by true events (Kirkus Reviews).France, 1673. A young woman from the country, Charlotte Picot must venture to the fearsome city of Paris in search of her last remaining son, Nicolas. Either fate or mere coincidence places the quick-witted charlatan Adam Lesage in her path. Adam is newly released from the prison galleys and on the hunt for treasure. But Charlotte, believing him to be a spirit she has summoned from the underworld, enlists his help in finding her child. Charlotte and Adam--comically ill-matched yet essential to one another--journey to Paris, then known as the City of Crows.