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Amid the hustle and bustle of the Paris 1889 Universal Exposition, workers discover the mutilated corpse of a popular model and Moulin Rouge Can-Can dancer in a Montmartre sewer. Hysterical rumors swirl that Jack the Ripper has crossed the Channel, and Inspector Achille Lefebvre enters the Parisian underworld to track down the brutal killer. His suspects are the artist Toulouse-Lautrec, an acrobat at the Circus Fernando named Jojo, and Sir Henry Collingwood, a mysterious English gynecologist and amateur artist. 

Pioneering the as-yet-untried system of fingerprint detection and using cutting edge forensics, including crime-scene photography, anthropometry, pathology, and laboratory analysis, Achille attempts to separate the innocent from the guilty. But he must work quickly before the “Paris Ripper” strikes again.

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Not bad

I quite enjoyed this without ever really engaging. It ought to be excellent. Fin de sciecle Paris is an interesting setting, art and theatre make great backdrops and emerging scientific forensics is fascinating. I even enjoyed the name dropping (Ooh look there’s Satie messing around on piano!) Somehow it just didn’t rise above perfectly ok.

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  • 20-01-20

Excellent

Great story. Had me guessing to the end. The characters are wonderful. There is a good balance between the plot of the story and the development of authentic characters. There is proposed in the story an expanded idea of family. Sometimes you are related by blood and sometimes by love.

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  • Ron B.
  • 11-10-20

Uncomfortable depictions of women

I enjoyed the depiction of a forward thinking science minded detective and the pervasiveness of anti Semitic thought in that period of France. But the women lacked personality and were repeated described in excruciating detail by their physicality only, this felt lazy.. The story was decent otherwise.