The purpose, the illusion, the spirit of a waxworks. It is an atmosphere of death. It is soundless and motionless. It is walled off by stone grottos, like a dream, from the light of day ... All things are turned dead, in attitudes of horror, or sublimity. There's no denying the disquiet in the Musee Augustin - even the proprietor is perturbed by the apparent vitality of his waxworks. Only the bravest pay a visit, among them Inspector Bencolin, who is investigating the death of woman found floating in the Seine - and last seen alive entering the waxworks museum. Accompanying Bencolin are the dead woman's fiance, Captain Chaumont, and the young American Jeff Marle. When their visit leads to the discovery of a second corpse, the cynics among them are forced to consider the unthinkable. Written at the height of crime fiction's Golden Age, this macabre and atmospheric dive into the secluded corners of Paris presents a keenly plotted puzzle with nightmare-inducing revelations.
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