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Mayhem (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Dezember 1992

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Murder, arson, fraud, theft, kidnapping; someone must solve the crimes of a once civilized society during the German occupation of Paris during World War II. A combination of detective mystery and psychological thriller, this novel is set against the background of Paris during the winter of 1942.

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J. Robert Janes was born in Toronto and now lives in Ontario. A mining engineer and geologist by profession, Janes has also worked as a teacher and lecturer. Since becoming a full time writer in 1970, he has written over twenty books including novels for children and adults and a number of textbooks. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Mayhem, originally published as Mirage in the United States, is the beginning chapter of the continuing series of an unusual partnership in an unusual time. It is December 1942, in Nazi occupied Paris. Our heroes, Jean-Louis St Cyr of the Surete and Herman Kohler of the Gestapo, are called to a rural area near the Fontaineblue forest where the body of an attractive young man was discovered. The Nazis suspect the crime to be Resistance related and want it solved speedily or threaten to send our Herman to the Russian Front. Our detective pair discovers that clandestine sex, family secrets, and greed are the motives rather than the assumed patriotism. This series has been a favorite of mine. Janes's descriptions of the culture of scarcity in everyday Paris and in the historically accurate scenes of Parisians coping with the defeat are so vivid that the reader feels the cold, the hunger, and the dark. However, this particular novel fails to work as well as the sequels. Try a later book in the series.
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I picked up this book thinking that the idea of a Gestapo investigator teamed with a French Surete officer investigating a murder during the occupation of France in WWII was an interesting idea. It was, but the book was confusing and unfocused. Hopefully others in the series will be better written.
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HASH(0xa0665594) von 5 Sternen Murder in 1942 Nazi occupied Paris 17. Juni 1999
Von Susan Rose - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Mayhem, originally published as Mirage in the United States, is the beginning chapter of the continuing series of an unusual partnership in an unusual time. It is December 1942, in Nazi occupied Paris. Our heroes, Jean-Louis St Cyr of the Surete and Herman Kohler of the Gestapo, are called to a rural area near the Fontaineblue forest where the body of an attractive young man was discovered. The Nazis suspect the crime to be Resistance related and want it solved speedily or threaten to send our Herman to the Russian Front. Our detective pair discovers that clandestine sex, family secrets, and greed are the motives rather than the assumed patriotism. This series has been a favorite of mine. Janes's descriptions of the culture of scarcity in everyday Paris and in the historically accurate scenes of Parisians coping with the defeat are so vivid that the reader feels the cold, the hunger, and the dark. However, this particular novel fails to work as well as the sequels. Try a later book in the series.
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HASH(0xa065cb4c) von 5 Sternen Fascinating Premise, Execution Needs Work, Reads Like a Monet 22. Mai 2010
Von Douglas S. Wood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
J. Robert Janes is a Canadian author who has managed to create one of the more interesting detective duos among the many such pairs available in popular detective literature: a detective in the Paris police or sureté, Jean-Louis St. Cyr and a former Munich detective now in the Gestapo, Hermann Kolher. The two work as homicide detectives - after all even during the Occupation there were murders to be solved.

Mayhem is the first book in the series. As a persistent consumer of detective fiction, perhaps the most instructive things I can offer is to reveal that I am presently reading my third book in the series (Kaleidoscope after Carousel (St-Cyr and Kohler)). Mayhem provides much of the back story you need to understand the protagonists and their developing relationship. St. Cyr is attempting to hold on to his dignity and his patriotism and is quite wary of Kohler. Fortunately, Kohler is a detective first and a Gestapo only several steps distant and not a Nazi at any step however far removed.

The relationship between St. Cyr and Kohler is evolving; the relationships between them and their bosses and between those bosses and the competing German and French security forces is, to say the very least, complicated. Lines of authority are constantly blurred as theses forces vie for superiority. Among the goals of the leaders are the accumulation of loot and the exercise of brutal power. This complexity is a primary strength of Janes' writing that gives him a voice of vérité.

The clarity of his writing also suffers from this penchant for complexity. His stories are difficult to follow and are perhaps best appreciated like a Monet painting for the total picture they reveal.

I was thrilled to come across two more volumes (Sandman (St-Cyr and Kohler) and Mannequin (St-Cyr and Kohler)) in my favorite used bookstore, the Chequamegon Books in Washburn, Wisconsin. The Sandman attained recognition as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1997. I do recommend reading Mayhem first as it provides much of the background for the protagonists.
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HASH(0xa065cb1c) von 5 Sternen Mayhem - 1st St-Cyr and Kohler Mystery 11. Juli 2012
Von S Riaz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have long been a fan of this series, so am delighted that not only have they been released on kindle, but that there is a new book announced after a long wait. Jean-Louis St-Cyr is a detective in occupied Paris, discovering burning files when the Gestapo roll in. Despite this, he is allowed to continue his work and is now partnered with German detective Hermann Kohler. They are partners, but not equals, as Kohler has control of St-Cyr's weapon and, which probably rankles more, his car.

These books take the interesting premise of who investigated crimes during wartime and when the body of a young boy is found in a forest, the two are sent to solve the murder. St-Cyr thinks it is a crime of passion, but there are complications - the discovery of a handbag containing diamonds and the interest from Berlin about what seems "a nothing little murder". What complicates matters even more are the missing negative of a crime scene photograph showing the two detectives together, when the Resistance is looking for evidence of complicity with the enemy. As the two detectives track the crime from a nightclub, to a chateau, to an abbey and there is involvement from the SS, the Gestapo and the army, it is seems this crime may lead the detectives directly to the Russian front, in Kohler's case, or forced labour in that of St-Cyr.

There are several books in this series, the next being Carousel: A St-Cyr and Kohler Mystery. Each novel leads on to the next and they are best read in order, in my opinion. These are not easy reads - they are often quite complicated and hard to unravel. If you like the author's style, then you will find yourself immersed in his world, but if you do not then you might find the novels simply confusing and long winded. As these are on kindle, I would suggest taking advantage of the ability to download a sample and try reading a few pages before buying the book. Hopefully, you will like these novels as much as I do, as they are something quite unique and I am delighted to find them available again after being out of print for too long.
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HASH(0xa0673d20) von 5 Sternen Tough Go 21. Juni 2015
Von Jeffrey Swystun - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Everything about this series appealed to me. A police procedural set in occupied France during World War Two. The pairing of German and French detectives. Crime mixed with the Resistance. All of that is compelling. Unfortunately, in this first outing I found the writing and the plot dense and plodding. The story moves slowly and my interest waned. After reading other reviews, I discovered that most people enjoy the series but still claim the books to be "complicated", "difficult to unravel", "confusing", "long-winded". Still, many stick it out and become comfortable with Janes' cadence and style. I will give the next one a go and hope that happens to me.
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HASH(0xa0673ed0) von 5 Sternen Not for everybody but good 26. März 2013
Von Claire Y. Hunt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Excellent for describing Paris during WW II. The two main characters are lovable and believable. Jane'splots aren't the easiest to follow but it may be the reader?
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