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Death in the City of Light by David King
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Nov 16, 15

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012-reading-list, paris
Read from March 29 to April 02, 2012

Fascinating story but didn't quite do the job for me as far as humanizing the victims and making it clear that Petiot was a truly awful person. Even the design of the book tends to glorify the doctor...a picture of a distinguished looking Petiot as part of the title page, pictures inside of Petiot and his apartment, but no pictures of any of his victims.

Interestingly, the author makes the point that at the trial, the prosecution made the mistake of rushing through the discussion of the victims, thereby dulling the horror of what Petiot had done. King should have heeded his own words.

For anyone who reads the last few pages and wonders "what happened to Raphael K?!" you'll be glad to know that you can find the answer in an end note. I would make the argument that this is part of the overall problem. The victims are only important as they relate to Petiot. Anything else belongs in an end note if it gets covered at all.

On a more positive note, it's very interesting to read about what police work in occupied Paris was like and how the tensions with the Germans played out.

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