The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot by Thomas Maeder is a non-fiction crime book taking place in France during World War II.
My rating for The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot — 4
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The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot by Thomas Maeder is an entertaining and interesting book, well written and factual. Dr. Petiot was a brilliant psychopath who besides a medical degree, can also add mayor to his resume.
The time of the crimes which Dr. Petiot is accused of actually makes the story much more intriguing. The time: France is occupied by Nazi German and Dr. Petiot claims he killed only Nazi sympathizers and French traitors. The French authorities, trying not to seem unpatriotic by arresting the good doctor, took their time arresting him, allowing him much freedom until his story starts to fall apart.
Mr. Maeder spends time allowing the reader to understand the daily life in occupied Paris. The sense of uncertainty and occupation certainly lends credibility to authorities difficulty in assessing whether Petiot was resisting the Nazis or an insane serial murder.
The second half of the book concerns the trial of Dr. Petiot. The author incorporate much of the trial’s transcript, paragraphs which in many books I simply skim over, however Petiot’s unbelievable repertoire with the lawyers and witnesses makes an amusing read to what I could only describe is outrageous chutzpah, gall and either extreme stupidity or courage.
The lack of decorum in trial, investigation and, of course, crimes makes this book very enjoyable.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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