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

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307967190
Characteristics: 416 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm


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Dec 04, 2014
  • anniemurray rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fine detail but dry as a bone. As another reviewer says, none of the characters come to life. Offers very little insight into what made this man a killer. Disappointing.

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.

Aug 03, 2012

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.

Apr 07, 2012

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.

Oct 20, 2011

Murder in Nazi-occupied Paris - fascinating.


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