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Murder in Montparnasse

A Literary Mystery of Paris
Engel, Howard (Book - 1999)
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Murder in Montparnasse
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It's autumn 1925, and a killer uncannily like England's Jack the Ripper is stalking the city streets of Paris and preying on young women. Michael Ward is a journalist newly arrived to the Left Bank. When he falls in with Jason Waddington, an expatriate American writer who introduces him to the cafe scene and his crowd of writers and artists, Ward soon discovers that Jack de Paris is not the only trouble afoot in the City of Light. Rumor has it that Waddington has written a damaging roman a clef about his friends, and tempers are rising even as fear of the killer grips the city. When the body of Laure Duclos is found, it seems their circle has finally been touched by Jack. But Ward has his doubts and begins to wonder whether Laure was truly Jack de Paris's latest victim, or if someone else was using the serial killer as a convenient cover to protect themselves. In a feat of literature reminiscent of Caleb Carr's The Alienist, Howard Engel blends intriguing historical fact with nail-biting fiction to produce a thriller of the highest order. Murder in Montparnasse will delight both new readers of Engel and his long-time fans.
Authors: Engel, Howard, 1931-
Title: Murder in Montparnasse
a literary mystery of Paris
Publisher: Woodstock : Overlook Press, 1999
Characteristics: 300 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Howard Engel
ISBN: 0879517018
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ENGEL
Subject Headings: Paris (France) History 1870-1940 Fiction Serial murderers France Paris Fiction Drug dealers France Paris Fiction Authors, American France Paris Fiction Authors France Paris Fiction
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Topical Term: Serial murderers
Drug dealers
Authors, American
LCCN: 99010504
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A killer very similar to London's Jack the Ripper is stalking the streets of 1920s Paris. And you can't have a 1920s Paris murder mystery without a Hemingwayesque character involved.

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