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 used to be Dr. Marcel Petiot, a good-looking, captivating health practitioner with awesome charisma. He used to be the “People’s Doctor,” recognized for his many acts of kindness and generosity, now not least in delivering loose remedy for the poor. Petiot, despite the fact that, might quickly be charged with twenty-seven murders, although gurus suspected the whole used to be significantly greater, even perhaps as many as 150.
Who used to be being slaughtered, and why? used to be Petiot a sexual sadist, because the press recommended, 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 resolve the numerous mysteries of the case, Massu could resolve a plot of unspeakable deviousness. When Petiot used to be ultimately arrested, the French police was hoping for answers.
But the trial quickly grew to become a circus. trying to test all twenty-seven instances immediately, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, having fun with the highlight, replied with fantastic ease. His lawyer, René Floriot, a emerging big name on this planet of legal safety, additionally successfully, if aggressively, countered the charges. quickly, regardless of a group of prosecuting lawyers, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of facts, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day.
Drawing largely on many new assets, together with the large, 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 incredible proportions.
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