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Death in the City of Light The True Story of the Serial Killer Who Terrorised Wartime Paris by David King
  

Death in the City of Light The True Story of the Serial Killer Who Terrorised Wartime Paris

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The sensational true story of the serial killer who stalked the streets of Nazi-occupied Paris.

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Death in the City of Light The True Story of the Serial Killer Who Terrorised Wartime Paris by David King

Occupied Paris, 1944. The swastika flies from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Nazi officers patrol the elegant boulevards and the once-vibrant city is shrouded in suspicion and fear. At a chic Right Bank address, a ghastly pile of dismembered bodies is discovered. Even in these sinister times, the crime scene is amongst the most harrowing veteran detective Georges Massu has ever seen. The property's owner, well-to-do Dr Marcel Petiot, immediately becomes the number-one suspect, but he has vanished without a trace. As the police delve into the doctor's past, they uncover a disturbing history of violence and corruption. Drugs, theft, links to the criminal underworld and a string of missing women: for Massu, it seems like a cut-and-dry case. But as the manhunt intensifies and all of Paris clamours for the latest news, the investigation leads the police to Gestapo files detailing Petiot's involvement in the city's secret escape network. Is Massu pursuing a sadistic serial killer or a hero of the Resistance? Who are Petiot's victims? In this fascinating true account of a case that gripped wartime Paris, David King draws extensively on new sources, including previously classified French files, to paint a chilling portrait of a murderer whose crimes devastated a city already in the grip of evil.

Reviews

'Expertly written and completely absorbing.' Kirkus Reviews

'True-crime at its best' Booklist

'This fascinating ... account combines a police procedural with a vivid historical portrait of culture and law enforcement in Nazi-occupied France Publishers Weekly A new masterpiece of true-crime writing' Salon.com

About the Author

David King is the author of VIENNA, 1814 ('Deftly paced and engagingly written.' PW) and taught European History at the University of Kentucky for many years.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st June 2012

Author

David King

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
The Real World
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True crime

ISBN

9780751548457

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