Death in the Air

Death in the Air

The True Story of A Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of A City

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In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Hachette Books,, 2017.
©2017
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316506861
0316506869
Characteristics: viii, 341 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue
Pressure
Blackout
Restrained
Trapped
Bodies in the mist
Postmortem
Smothered
Hearth and home
Squeezed
Buried
Illumination
Infamous
Legacy
Epilogue.
Summary: In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th 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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