Paris 1899. The city is a glittering hub of fin de siècle activity. Theatres and galleries are vibrant with artistic energy. The new metro is under construction, and so is the site for the centennial Universal Exhibition. But there is also violent political upheaval. The Dreyfus Affair has released a riotous surge of anti-Semitism.
Asylums and jails are overcrowded. Death and madness hover like a cloud over the city. Bostonian lawyer James Norton has been sent by his mother to bring back his invalid sister Ellie and his younger brother Raf, a journalist. But the violent deaths of the actress Olympe Fabre and then of her sister Judith in the asylum of Salpêtrière, draw the siblings into a dark web of violence.
Olympe is pregnant. Is her death a crime passionnel or part of a conspiracy of serial killings of Jewish women, disturbingly linked to medical research at Salpêtrière? A gripping psychological period thriller.
'[A] richly atmospheric piece of Jamesian fiction ... A huge amount of solid historical research must have gone into the making of this novel. But it is lightly worn, never intruding on the reader's consciousness in the compelling portrait of a city at a momentous point in the history, not merely of Dreyfus's Paris, but of the roots of intellectual anti-Semitism' Independent
'Arcadia Books has long been a locus classicus of the best in contemporary writing, and it's good to see the publisher making available again one of the most evocative novels by the writer Lisa Appignanesi, Paris Requiem' Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
'Appignanesi’s knowledge of the politics and culture of the era shines' Publishers Weekly
'Intense, gripping and a sometimes disturbing tangled tale of murderous desire' fromsilverdalewithlove