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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris    by David King order for
Death in the City of Light
by David King
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Broadway, 2012 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Death in the City of Light by David King is the horrifying story of a serial killer who practiced his own particular craft when Paris was occupied by the Nazis!

He was eventually unmasked when the stench from burning flesh permeated the streets surrounding a house he owned. While he admitted to killing Germans and collaborators, he couldn't explain the disappearance of Jews whom he supposedly befriended.

This is an extremely disturbing book to read. With the Nazi occupation and the roundup of the Jewish population, life must have been so very difficult. To have a serial killer stalking the streets seems too much more to bear.

At his trial, Dr. Marcel Petiot tried to justify the murders. How can any one justify removing faces and butchering bodies to leave bits and pieces throughout the city those that he didn't burn or place in lime pits?

While horrifying, I also found it intriguing that so many people were involved and the trial so maddening. Petiot sat through it as though he thought he should have been given a medal instead of the possibility of execution. Death in the City of Light is voluminously researched and well written.

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