Death In The City Of Light: The True Story of the Serial Killer Who Terrorised Wartime Paris

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The Parisians have gone through so much. The "times and their past experiences" play into the hands of the defense. Dupin represents the prosecution: One of the trial's low points was when Dupin protested that "human life is sacred" and the audience laughed. It is amazing the ploys he uses. Totally unbelievable Or is it so unbelievable? Such continues today. This is a spoiler-free review. I cannot tell you in specifics what Petiot does at this trial or how the prosecution fails to properly prove its case given the inital ruckus and resulting need to rapidly close the proceedings.

You will have to just pick up the book yourself! The facts, the figures and the details are all here. I do not know how this will conclude. I am in the dark as much as you, except I do know what Petiot did. I do know how he covered his tracks. If he was crazy, he surely was intelligent at the same time! Don't be too hasty in judging a book! I thought it was boring in the beginning due to an excessive amount of extraneous information. Now I cannot put the book down!

The crime is You are given the gruesome details. There is a torture chamber, dissection, a lime pit and a basement stove spewing sickening odours. But the bodies are not strangled or beaten or stabbed. There is no blood. And who is being killed? And why? Absolutely riveting. Although the details are horrendou,s you alos get marvellous descriptions of the Nazi Occupation of Paris.

There is humor too. So the Commissaire Massu is attacked by the reporters demanding information. He throws out a few sparse comments. The commissaire felt like he was throwing crumbs to pigeions outside Notre Dame. I am talking about the reporters. Gaeta, no! Do not listen to this book in the audio form.

It could definitely be too gruesome. In addition, the facts may be difficult to digest. I had to say that immediately.

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I simply had to correct my previous misjudgement. You see, it is important not to give up on a book too soon. Now I will just read. The first pages drew me in and had me interested, but now there is an overload of facts. I am not saying that is wrong. Somebody who really wants to understand this case thoroughly, well for them, this might be just perfect. For me, I do not need to know the entire carrier history of the inspector following the case or every singe bad deed Petiot has done in his entire life.

He is no angel and has been doing bad stuff from day one. Rbrty detail imaginable is presented. Erik Larson's book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America covered other interesting topics, such as architecture and park design and the fair, so you didn't have to just stomp in the gruesome facts of the crime. I need that diversion. I will continue a bit longer. I do want to give the book a fair chance!

It immediately pulls you in. It is non-fiction, but reads as fiction, at least at the start. The author has done extensive research. Am I the only one who is thinking: get your own idea buddy! At least be a bit more imaginative with your title! Is it going to be as good? David King eBooks

Am I assuming that because I really enjoyed Larson's I will also enjoy this? Ah, it is availabe from NetGalley at no cost. Thank you Naoml, for telling me. If you do not know about NetGalley please see the link Naomi has left in the comments. You get an egalley and review it. You do not need to review every book you receive from them. You do have to set up a profile. You can get books that work on Kindles and many other appliances.

I must try the sample I guess and take a chance. It does look good. The sample at Amazon will be available on Sept 20, View all 63 comments. Sep 18, Pamela Huxtable rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Ultimately, a bit disappointing. How could you go wrong with all these elements? A serial killer in Nazi controlled Vichy France, who claims to be part of the French Resistance, executing informants - and it's a true story!

King's narrative never really finds a good stride, and he takes many a detour and digression on the way through the discovery, investigation, and trial of Dr. Petiot, the serial killer of the title. Some digressions - such as details about the lives of Sartre, Camus, and Picas Ultimately, a bit disappointing. Some digressions - such as details about the lives of Sartre, Camus, and Picasso during the Vichy regime - are more compellingly written than the main narrative. I found myself wishing for a book just about that topic. I think if King had focused on one or two characters - perhaps Petiot and one of the investigators - and told the story from that perspective, the narrative would not have seemed so disjointed.

King's use of every witness and player, and giving every person's story the same weight makes it difficult for the reader to sort out the most important information from the incidental. I would recommend only to readers who are very interested in WWII themed non fiction. This was really quite good. Unsettling, but good. While City explicitly, and often heavy-handedly, contrasted the idea of Modern Technological Progress with H. Holmes' horrible murder house, the hook for this story is, here's a serial killer in This was really quite good. Holmes' horrible murder house, the hook for this story is, here's a serial killer in Occupied Paris: how do you tell this maniac from the "den of murderers" in the HQ of the Gestapo?

What chance does law and order have when police and lawyers are not only up against the worst in human nature in one individual, but surrounded by an entire mad, murderous culture? I don't think the book is quite as good as Laura Miller puffs it in Salon. There is no sense the author is revelling in shockingly inhuman details again, looking at you, White City. The story is thoroughly, carefully researched, and soberly told.

The True Story Of The Serial Killer Who Terrorised Wartime Paris

There's no real suspense about who the murderer is, but the book is gripping anyway, mostly in detailing how Petiot lured his victims into his death trap and brazenly dodged the police view spoiler [ -- as Miller puts it, at one point he works "under a false identity as a captain in the counterespionage service, where he participated in the investigation of his own crimes.

The real reason for retelling this story is spelled out by the author himself in the last paragraph of his book which I'm going to spoiler-cut because it also spells out one of the most horrifying and tragic aspects of the whole story. It is not simply about a prolific and profitable serial killer, one of the most profitable in history. Behind the ominous cloud of smoke that poured from the chimney in the heart of Paris's chic 16th arrondissement was a terrifying tragedy. A predator had brutally exploited opportunities for gain, slaughtering society's most vulnerable and desperate people, the majority of them being Jews fleeing persecution.

Petiot had become the self-appointed executioner for Hitler, gassing, butchering, and burning his victims in his own private death camp. Jul 01, Paul rated it it was ok. Unfortunately author David King couldn't quite deliver a finish that lived up to the pursuit of fugitive doctor Marcel Petiot as he tried to evade French authorities following the discovery of dozens of bodies in and around his Paris townhouse. By filling the first part of his novel with the sensationalized and hysterical media accounts and popular rumors that swirled around Petiot prior to his capture, King set a fairly high bar that the tale's resolution--or lack thereof--simply couldn't reach.

After a somewhat breathless account of the manhunt to find Petiot, King repeatedly promised "a circus" of a trial The verdict arrives with a flop rather than a bang and King closes with a bland explanation of what he believes happened based on his research of the case. While the "we'll never know the true story, but This was to be expected, perhaps, given his repeated violation of the "show, don't tell" axiom throughout the book.

King includes multiple chapter-length asides about the activities of figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus for no other apparent reason than a clunky attempt to make the story seem more "Parisian. Nov 15, Jaclyn Day rated it liked it. One of my strangest guilty pleasures is reading true crime nonfiction.

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  6. The serial killer in this book, Dr. Marcel Petiot, is a particularly nasty case of crazy. Theor One of my strangest guilty pleasures is reading true crime nonfiction. Theories range from poisoning by injection to gas. The Nazi Gestapo, Jewish families seeking to flee the city and Marcel Petiot all intersect in nightmarish, unbelievable ways. Where did they come from? It turns out, that with a few exceptions, most were Jewish residents of Paris who paid him for assistance leaving the country. They never left the abandoned townhouse he used as an operational base.

    Unfortunately, while the story is gripping, the book meanders and even bores at times. View 1 comment. Aug 13, Lea rated it liked it Shelves: read , books-i-own , reviews , acquired Let me start this off by commenting on true-crime in general. While I find the subject interesting, I usually don't read books like this -- it feels wrong, being entertained by another person's misery and misfortune.

    But, for whatever reason, historical crime writing is somehow "okay" for me. It's weird, and probably hypocritical, but there it is. I was really interested in reading this book -- I think I even bought it as a pre-order on Amazon. I had j Let me start this off by commenting on true-crime in general. I really didn't like this book, although I can't say it wasn't well written. I think the biggest problem for me was the subject, Dr.

    Marcel Petiot, as well as the setting, Occupied Paris. The story is incredibly complicated, with all of the secrecy and double-crossing happening at that point in time. I will say that I now know more about the French Resistance than I ever expected to -- not necessarily a bad thing, as I love history.

    Petiot is cold, composed at all times, unreachable and unknowable. For some reason, his restrained personality left me feeling like I just couldn't get a handle on him or his motives although he killed for the most mundane of reasons view spoiler [pure greed hide spoiler ] , and the resolution felt unsatisfying. The book did pick up at the end for me -- the author speculates on some of the unsolved aspects of the case, and I found his detective work compelling and convincing. I would recommend this to fans of true crime or those who enjoy reading about World War II.

    While it didn't hold my interest as well as I would have liked, I don't fault the author -- I think the subject matter itself was at issue. Jul 29, Charlene Intriago rated it really liked it Shelves: library-book , books-read When I first started reading this book, I had to double check to make sure this was a non-fiction book. The first few pages read like fiction. The setting is Paris, , a city under horrible duress during the Nazi occupation, and along comes a serial killer.

    There are a lot of details in this book and many people involved. There were a couple of parts where I had to backtrack to keep all the characters straight. Marcel Petiot who is finally brought to trial is described in so many differen When I first started reading this book, I had to double check to make sure this was a non-fiction book.

    Marcel Petiot who is finally brought to trial is described in so many different ways by friends and relatives and the prosecution and the defense that the reader has no idea who this man truly is and what he has or hasn't done. And the trial and the French justice system is not to be missed. It was definitely a three ring circus. Suspenseful to the end - I had no idea which way the jury would go - definitely worth the read. View 2 comments. Jan 19, Brian Kelley rated it liked it. On the one hand I am tempted to suggest that it is comforting to learn another culture screws up high-profile cases too.

    On the other hand, the surreal circumstances of serial killer Marcel Petiot are too astonishing not to know--for seventeen years I've taught a WWII unit as a companion piece to a month with the Diary of Anne Frank. My students not only read Anne's diary but they self-select two other books of interest about the period. In all of my digging through fiction and nonfiction, poetr On the one hand I am tempted to suggest that it is comforting to learn another culture screws up high-profile cases too.

    In all of my digging through fiction and nonfiction, poetry and ideas for lessons, research topics based on the culture of the s I never once recall coming across the name Marcel Petiot. David King's Death in the City of Light astonished me. Who knew that a serial killer operated right beneath the toothbrush mustachioed nose of the world's most notorious serial killer.

    I understand that it was difficult to compete with Hitler. However, this isn't your run-of-mill serial killer--Marcel Petiot, a trained surgeon, lured Jews back to his house of horrors by offering help fleeing Occupied Paris. Despicably, he preyed on frightened people, terrified people who believed this man would save their lives, they trusted him and paid a lot of money in cash or jewels for the relief of the safe passage offered to South America.

    Death In The City Of Light : The True Story of the Serial Killer Who Terrorised Wartime Paris

    Petiot drugged them, murdered them in a homemade gas chamber equipped with a viewing lens so he could watch , then carved them into pieces which ended up decomposing in a quicklime pit in his yard or stoking the stove in the basement. Beyond the cruel and savage nature of his actions, Marcel Petiot pandered to the media, yawned at the judge and jury, taunted the prosecution and made an absolute spectacle of the trial.

    Rumors at the time swirled that the Nuremberg Trials would be put on hold so lawyers and politicians could attend the closing events of the Petiot trial. From the outset, the judge lost control of the courtroom, the prosecution bungled evidence, and the public laughed at and with Petiot. A trial for the murder of anywhere from 20 to over a people many represented by family or loved ones turned into a source of daily laughs. For me, the book is as much about Petiot as it is about the era. Death followed millions during and after World War II--King suggests that a society so immersed in death had a difficult time finding the nausea, fear, and loathing for a serial killer who frankly admitted murdering many.

    He claims to have been murdering Nazis--another nauseating show of disrespect to the families of the people he butchered. The details in the book satisfy the curiosity as King digs deep into Petiot's history as well as the evidence, the files and testimonies, and the French investigators who hunted Petiot down and brought him to justice.

    A highly recommended read for anyone interested in history or even pop culture--this Petiot trial is one of the enormous moments of pop culture that I never heard about from the s. Apr 12, Taylor rated it it was ok. This book was a mess. I'm not sure what book the Booklist guy was reading, but it wasn't the same one I was. For an author who boasts that he access to records about the killer, Dr. Petiot, from both the German and French Governments, he really had nothing to say from them.

    There is no definative answer about whether the Doctor was actually a Nazi spy, or part of the French Resistance, and more importantly, the author didn't seem to try and find out. World War II wasn't that long ago-there are p This book was a mess. World War II wasn't that long ago-there are people you could ask about that.

    There were other problems too. First, the timeline was all over the place, so I had a very hard figuring out what happened when. The Doctor had been accused of murder before, but whether that was when he was country doctor fighting drug dealing charges, or while at medical school, I couldn't tell you. Second, there was no explanation of the French Court System, which is also pretty important. Did you know that, in the French Court, the families of the victims can hire their own lawyers who can question the defendant?

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    Or that everyone can just argue with one another the whole time? Apparently they can. A short explanation of how the French court worked would have made the trial section of the book the second half of it make much more sense. Third, the main detective leaves the case right before trial starts. That makes sense, as much as real life does, but the author never establishes another main character to follow. As a result, the second half is a weird free-for-all of stuff going on.

    It would have been nice to have the main prosecutor to follow when the main detective left the story. Finally and this is the worst , the author misuses words. Using "disinterred" for "dismembered" is not a typo; its a serious flaw. To do it repeatedly is troubling. This book has the feel of a well-researched piece of writing, as opposed to the tabloid feel many true crime books can have. It's not actually any better than them-quite the opposite-but it seems like its much better.

    I'm not sure if the author had done so much research he forgot no one else knew all of the information he did. The story of Dr.