Death in the City of Light

The Serial Killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
King, David (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Death in the City of Light

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Authors: King, David, 1970-
Title: Death in the City of Light
the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 416 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Contents: German night
The people's doctor
Preliminary findings
Two witnesses
"100,00 autopsies"
The woman with the yellow suitcase
"Beside a monster"
A delivery
"Goodbye arrogance"
The Gestapo file
Postcards from the other side
Destination Argentina
War in the shadows
The attic
Nine more
The list
Apocalyptic weeks
"P.S. Destroy all my letters"
At Saint-MandeĢ-Tourelle Station
Beating chance?
The Knellers
The Petiot Circus
"Not in danger of death"
Two to one
Inside murder house
Black fingernails
"A taste for evil"
The hairdresser, the makeup artist, and the adventuress
The verdict
Timbers of justice
The loot
ISBN: 0307967190
Statement of Responsibility: David King
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 France Serial murderers France Paris Biography Petiot, Marcel
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Serial murderers
LCCN: 2011014412
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Nov 21, 2013
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

n a world where people randomly disappear because they are Jewish, or members of the Resistance, etc., the multiple murders committed by this psychopathic doctor go unremarked. Brings into sharp relief the circumstances of Paris under the Nazis. A compelling, if gruesome read.

There's an unnamed murderer in this true crime--it's the author, David King, who has managed to bury a chilling tale under a mountain of repetitive, boring detail. With the exception of Commissaire Massu, none of the characters come to life. This flaw is especially grievous because, even at the end of this interminable book, we have no insight into what made the killer, Dr. Petiot, tick.

May 27, 2012
  • richibi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

gripping amorality, the exhumation of a particularly vile character, Dr. Marcel Petiot, a monster, representative of an inherent aspect of woman, man, our Latent if not Original Sin, when accorded tacit permission to destroy, horrify, a naturally unfolding consequence ever of revolution and war

May 17, 2012
  • sixtyfive rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The premise of this true story is quite intriguing but the book is boring beyond belief. The author includes every known item about the case and some that aren't about the case. The story drags until the predictable end. There are no surprises. The bad guy does the dead, finally gets caught and is executed. The end.

A very interesting story (well-respected doctor who turns out to be a serial killer) set in a fascinating time period (Nazi-occupied Paris). I especially enjoyed how the author would give you glimpses into the people (e.g. Sartre, Camus), events (resistance movement) and mood of the city. The trial is fascinating but exasperating at times also! A great read!

Feb 01, 2012
  • librarianatlarge rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a very good true crime story along the lines of Erik Larson's "Devil in the White City". I found the first part of the book especially interesting as it describes the plight of the detectives trying to identify victims and carry out a serial killer investigation in a city where there was huge disregard for human life, an atmosphere permeated with fear and where people were constantly disappearing (33,000 Jews alone disappeared in a period of one week). Due to their own particular agenda, the German Occupation authorities were constantly interfering in the investigation.
There is lots of fascinating trivia about Parisian life and people during the period. Some of the more famous people living in the city at the time included Camus, Sartre and Picasso. It seems that almost everyone involved in this story had at least one alias, and I found that as the book progressed, all the names became confusing and it was hard to keep everyone straight. A minor complaint.
Well researched and written.

Nov 04, 2011
  • bette108 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well researched and an interesting view of the times, particularly of the style of law in French courts.

Murder in Nazi-occupied Paris - fascinating.


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