Death in the city of light: the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description

Death in the City of Light is 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. The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, 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.Who was being slaughtered, and why? Was Petiot a sexual sadist, as the press suggested, killing for thrills? Was he allied with the Gestapo, or, on the contrary, the French Resistance? Or did he work for no one other than himself? Trying to solve the many mysteries of the case, Massu would unravel a plot of unspeakable deviousness. When Petiot was finally arrested, the French police hoped for answers. But the trial soon 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. His attorney, René Floriot, a rising star in the world of criminal defense, also effectively, if aggressively, countered the charges. 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.From the Hardcover edition.

Also in this Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780307452894
9781400126262
9780307452917
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 0c1254bb-81ed-ca5e-b0a1-bf7e0e58f1a0
full_title death in the city of light the serial killer of nazi occupied paris
author king david
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-18 01:46:33AM

Solr Details

_version_ 1576057545248735232
accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Michael, Paul (Actor)
author King, David, 1970-
author-letter King, David,
author2 Michael, Paul (Actor), hoopla digital.
author2-role Michael, Paul(Actor), hoopla digital.
author_additional David King.
author_display King, David
availability_toggle_catalog Available Now, Available Online, Entire Collection
available_at_catalog Bennett, York Street
bisac_subject History / Europe / France, TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
callnumber-a HV6248.P43
callnumber-first H - Social Science
callnumber-subject HV - Social Pathology, Criminology
callnumber_sort_catalog T CRIME
date_added 2011-04-14T06:00:00Z
days_since_added 2318
detailed_location_catalog Bennett - Adult Nonfiction, York Street - Adult Nonfiction
display_description

Death in the City of Light is 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.

The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, 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.

Who was being slaughtered, and why? Was Petiot a sexual sadist, as the press suggested, killing for thrills? Was he allied with the Gestapo, or, on the contrary, the French Resistance? Or did he work for no one other than himself? Trying to solve the many mysteries of the case, Massu would unravel a plot of unspeakable deviousness.
When Petiot was finally arrested, the French police hoped for answers.

But the trial soon 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. His attorney, René Floriot, a rising star in the world of criminal defense, also effectively, if aggressively, countered the charges. 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

econtent_device Android, BlackBerry, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
econtent_protection_type_catalog Always Available, Limited Access
econtent_source_catalog Hoopla, OverDrive
edition 1st ed., Unabridged.
format_boost 22
format_catalog Book, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
genre Non Fiction
genre_facet Biography, Non Fiction
geographic_facet France, Paris
grouping_category book
id 0c1254bb-81ed-ca5e-b0a1-bf7e0e58f1a0
isbn 9780307452894, 9780307452917, 9781400126262
item_details hoopla:MWT10757008||Online Hoopla Collection|Online Hoopla|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|Hoopla||https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/10757008||Available Online||||, ils:854671|1095622|York Street - Adult Nonfiction|T CRIME i|Book|Books|1|false|false|||||On Shelf||th||, ils:854671|1095623|Bennett - Adult Nonfiction|T CRIME i|Book|Books|1|false|false|||||On Shelf||be||, overdrive:f0e8dfd1-d28d-4160-8c68-7c393fffea77|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,OverDrive Read,Kindle Book|Available Online||||
itype_catalog
language English
language_boost 10
language_boost_es 1
lc_subject Serial murderers, World War, 1939-1945
lexile_score -1
lib_boost_catalog 50
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog T CRIME i
local_callnumber_exact_catalog T CRIME i
local_callnumber_left_catalog T CRIME i
local_days_since_added_catalog 2318
num_holdings 3
oclc 854671
owning_library_catalog All Anythink Libraries
owning_location_catalog Bennett, York Street
physical 1 online resource (1 audio file (840 min.)) : digital., 416 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
popularity 4
primary_isbn 9780307452894
publishDate 2008, 2011
publishDateSort 2008
publisher Crown Publishers,, Crown/Archetype, Tantor Audio ,
rating 2.5
rating_facet oneStar, twoStar
record_details hoopla:MWT10757008|eAudiobook|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Tantor Audio ,|2008.|1 online resource (1 audio file (840 min.)) : digital., ils:854671|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Crown Publishers,|c2011.|416 p. : ill. ; 25 cm., overdrive:f0e8dfd1-d28d-4160-8c68-7c393fffea77|eBook|eBook||English|Crown/Archetype|2011|
recordtype grouped_work
scope_has_related_records acpl, be, br, catalog, cc, ext, ng, pm, th, wf
scoping_details_catalog hoopla:MWT10757008||Available Online|Available Online|false|true|false|false|false|false||||, ils:854671|1095622|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:854671|1095623|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, overdrive:f0e8dfd1-d28d-4160-8c68-7c393fffea77|-1|Available Online|Available Online|false|true|true|false|false|false||||
subject_facet History / Europe / France, Petiot, Marcel, Serial murderers -- France -- Paris -- Biography, TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers, World War, 1939-1945 -- France
target_audience Adult
target_audience_full Adult
title Death in the city of light : the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
title_display Death in the city of light : the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
title_full Death in the City of Light The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris, Death in the city of light : the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris / David King, Death in the city of light : the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris [electronic resource] / David King
title_short Death in the city of light :
title_sort death in the city of light the serial killer of nazi-occupied paris
title_sub the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
topic History, History / Europe / France, Nonfiction, Petiot, Marcel, Serial murderers France Paris Biography, TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers, True Crime, World War, 1939-1945 France
topic_facet History, Nonfiction, Petiot, Marcel, Serial murderers, True Crime, World War, 1939-1945