In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December fifth of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least six women. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.
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By irene on 27-11-17
This book is an interwoven true story of a serial killer and an airborne killer emerging at about the same time in London. The narrator was excellent and made a difference to what was already an eloquent narrative. Recommended, especially if you enjoyed Devil in the white City.
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By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17
Great combination of history & true crime
This is a great intermingling of stories about a serial killer I didn't know anything about & an important historical event most Americans haven't studied.
If you like true crime or British history, especially the rebuilding years right after the WWII, you'd love this great intertwined tale. The authentic narrator really brings smoggy London to life!
Note that Winston Churchill & The Royal Family are supporting players in this story. Parliament takes a starring role along with Post-war London. Don't miss Margaret Thatcher's brief cameo!
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