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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 caf 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 producing a thriller of the highest order. Murder in Montparnasse will delight both new readers of Engel and his long-time fans.
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The mystery part of Murder in Montparnasse is set up with wit, panache, and many tasty harengs rouge, but even without it the artistic, gustatory, alcoholic, and sexual pleasures of 1920s Paris chronicled so fully would be more than enough to make the book worth the carfare. Chicago Tribune
Murder in Montparnasse reads like a Lost Generation novel, and particularly if you read your Fitzgerald and Hemingway in high school or college you ll be hooked. San Jose Mercury News
Engel s descriptions of Paris in the 20s are charming, adding to the fun of the gambol he provides through the Left Bank and its denizens. Publishers Weekly
Howard Engel is a founding member of the Crime writers Association of Canada and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction. Murder in Montparnasse is his first departure from his popular Benny Cooperman series.