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The Resource 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, David King

Label
Death in the city of light : the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
Title
Death in the city of light
Title remainder
the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris
Statement of responsibility
David King
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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 traking 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 eventually be charged with 27 murders, although 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 -- an inspiration for Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret -- 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 27 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 aggresively, countered the charges. Yet despite a team of prosecuting attorneys, dozens of witnesses, and literally more than 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 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. - Jacket flap
  • The gripping true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-occupied Paris. Dr. Marcel Petiot was eventually charged with 27 murders, although authorities suspected the total was considerably higher. The trial became a circus, and Petiot enjoyed the spotlight. A harrowing exploration of murder, betrayal, and evil of staggering proportions
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
King, David
Dewey number
364.152/32092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6248.P43
LC item number
K56 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Petiot, Marcel
  • Petiot, Marcel
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Petiot, Marcel
  • Petiot, Marcel.#x1E; 0
  • Serial murderers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Serial murderers
  • France
  • France
  • Serial killers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Paris (France.)#x1E; 7
Label
Death in the city of light : the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris, David King
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
German night -- The people's doctor -- Preliminary findings -- Two witnesses -- "100,00 autopsies" -- The woman with the yellow suitcase -- "Beside a monster" -- A delivery -- Evasion -- "Goodbye arrogance" -- Sightings -- The Gestapo file -- Postcards from the other side -- Destination Argentina -- War in the shadows -- The attic -- Frustration -- Nine more -- The list -- Apocalyptic weeks -- "P.S. Destroy all my letters" -- At Saint-Mandé-Tourelle Station -- Interrogations -- Beating chance? -- The Knellers -- The Petiot Circus -- "Not in danger of death" -- Two to one -- Inside murder house -- Black fingernails -- "A taste for evil" -- The hairdresser, the makeup artist, and the adventuress -- Walkout -- Naufrageur -- The verdict -- Timbers of justice -- The loot
Control code
ocn696099199
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
416 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307967190
Lccn
2011014412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40019939625
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)696099199
Label
Death in the city of light : the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris, David King
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
German night -- The people's doctor -- Preliminary findings -- Two witnesses -- "100,00 autopsies" -- The woman with the yellow suitcase -- "Beside a monster" -- A delivery -- Evasion -- "Goodbye arrogance" -- Sightings -- The Gestapo file -- Postcards from the other side -- Destination Argentina -- War in the shadows -- The attic -- Frustration -- Nine more -- The list -- Apocalyptic weeks -- "P.S. Destroy all my letters" -- At Saint-Mandé-Tourelle Station -- Interrogations -- Beating chance? -- The Knellers -- The Petiot Circus -- "Not in danger of death" -- Two to one -- Inside murder house -- Black fingernails -- "A taste for evil" -- The hairdresser, the makeup artist, and the adventuress -- Walkout -- Naufrageur -- The verdict -- Timbers of justice -- The loot
Control code
ocn696099199
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
416 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307967190
Lccn
2011014412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40019939625
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)696099199

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