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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Engel Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s autumn 1925, and a killer uncannily like England’s Jack the Ripper is stalking the 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 à clef about his friends, and tempers are rising 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 with a grudge against a former lover was using the serial killer as a convenient cover for murder.

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  • “Narrator [Ralph Cosham] does a fine job portraying a multi-continental cast of characters. He effortlessly transports the listener to cafes and bars where conversations transpire over cups of coffee and glasses of wine and reproduces the energy and competitive spirit among the bohemian writers.”


  • “Narrator [Cosham] has a voice of a disenchanted, sophisticated man who can slip into French accents as easily as sipping an espresso in a French café. He is perfect for this story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by James | 10/8/2013

    " Loosely based on characters in "The Sun Also Rises" by Hemingway. Murders are occurring in 1925 Paris while the above characters hold their literary get-togethers and discuss each others' lives, etc. Tried to read it but gave up. Too much literary content and not enough mystery for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlotte | 11/30/2012

    " I reall wanted this to be more of a murder mystery & a book which I couldn't put down. Sadly, it was neither. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bayneeta | 1/3/2012

    " Lots of 1920s Paris atmosphere and lots of real-life Hemingway friends and acquaintacnes make make appearances as fictional characters. Not much of a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Avary | 9/26/2010

    " Lost generation in Paris. Hemingway with another name is a main character. Was the style an attempt to copy Hemingway's style -- maybe another "Moveable Feast" with the addition of a murder mystery? "

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About the Author
Author Howard Engel

Howard Engel created the genre of Canadian crime fiction with his Benny Cooperman mystery series. He was the first crime writer to win the Matt Cohen Award for lifetime achievement, along with the Arthur Ellis Award, the Derrick Murdoch Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize for Canadian Literature, among others. After a stroke left him with the ability to write but not read, he wrote Memory Book, considered to be one of his finest works.