Death in the City of Light

The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris
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Audio (13.83 hours)
Product Number: Z100024060
Released: Sep 20, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307967213
Narrator/s: Paul Michael
Publisher: Books on Tape
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The gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. But while trying to solve the many mysteries of the case, Massu would unravel a plot of unspeakable deviousness. The main suspect, Dr. Marcel Petiot, was a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma. He was the "People's Doctor," known for his many acts of kindness and generosity, not least in providing free medical care for the poor. Petiot, however, would soon be charged with twenty-seven murders, though authorities suspected the total was considerably higher, perhaps even as many as 150. Petiot's trial quickly became a circus. Attempting to try all twenty-seven cases at once, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, enjoying the spotlight, responded with astonishing ease. Soon, despite a team of prosecuting attorneys, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of evidence, Petiot's brilliance and wit threatened to win the day. Drawing extensively on many new sources, including the massive, classified French police file on Dr. Petiot, Death in the City of Light is a brilliant evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of murder, betrayal, and evil of staggering proportions.

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Author(s): David King
Original Publish Date: Sep 20, 2011

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Author(s): David King
Product Number EB00154205
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780307452917

Professional reviews

"As if there wasn't enough death on the battlefields of WWII, here is a book that uses new research to tell the true account of a serial killer who terrorized Paris during the Nazi occupation. It combines the best elements of both historical and crime writing, using snappy language to tell a riveting story. Narrator Paul Michael makes it sound like a fictional murder mystery, using his deep, expressive voice to capture the case's twists and turns as it moves around the French capital. Michael is equally adept at reading narrative and dialogue, and even provides a terrific French accent to give authentic voices to the characters. There are some gory descriptions, but Michael doesn't dwell on them or let them undermine the author's larger points. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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