In Belle Époque Paris, the morgue is the place to see and be seen …
"This morning I was called upon to photograph the dead again." So begins the story of Edouard Mas, a photographer's assistant with a detective's soul. Edouard's job is to take pictures of corpses before they are carted off to the Paris Morgue. If the bodies are unidentified, they will be put behind glass for the whole city to view, in a morbid display of lost and found.
Edouard begins to come across more and more bodies stripped of their identification and laid out in methodical poses, and he knows he is dealing with those who dabble in art—the art of death. The morgue—their museum.
Edouard's investigation takes him from the sterile halls of La Salpêtrière to the opulent, smoke-filled soirees of high society, but he must do everything in his power to stop the artists of death, before they go after somebody he loves …
In exquisite prose—so vivid you can almost taste the absinthe and hear the rustling skirts of the Moulin Rouge showgirls—Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of murder and lust in the City of Light.
About the Author
Jessie Prichard Hunter is the author of the historical thriller The Green Muse, now available from Witness Impulse. She currently resides in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has left me deeply conflicted. If you've ever wondered what might have happened if Charlie Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate had lived and spree killed in belle epoque Paris, well, wonder no more. While the writing is beautiful, the story is so disturbing that I frequently found myself not wanting to turn the page to learn what fresh hell was next. But keep reading I did, because this author can really write. Good, but challenging book.
This book is a well written thriller of the macabre balanced by the simple goodness of innocence and love. I particularly liked the bizarre cultural laws of England.