By David King
Death within the urban of Light is the gripping, precise tale of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his personal reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered physique components surfaced within the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was once tasked with monitoring down the elusive assassin in a twilight international of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance combatants, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and different shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld.
The major suspect was once Dr. Marcel Petiot, a good-looking, fascinating doctor with impressive charisma. He used to be the “People’s Doctor,” identified for his many acts of kindness and generosity, no longer least in delivering unfastened remedy for the poor. Petiot, even though, might quickly be charged with twenty-seven murders, even though specialists suspected the full was once significantly larger, maybe even as many as 150.
Who was once being slaughtered, and why? used to be Petiot a sexual sadist, because the press prompt, killing for thrills? was once he allied with the Gestapo, or, to the contrary, the French Resistance? Or did he paintings for not anyone except himself? attempting to remedy the various mysteries of the case, Massu may resolve a plot of unspeakable deviousness. When Petiot was once ultimately arrested, the French police was hoping for answers.
But the trial quickly turned a circus. trying to attempt all twenty-seven situations right away, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, having fun with the highlight, spoke back with spectacular ease. His lawyer, René Floriot, a emerging big name on the planet of legal protection, additionally successfully, if aggressively, countered the charges. quickly, regardless of a staff of prosecuting lawyers, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of facts, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day.
Drawing broadly on many new assets, together with the big, labeled French police dossier on Dr. Petiot, Death within the urban of Light is an excellent evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of homicide, betrayal, and evil of remarkable proportions.
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