- Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Constable (Dezember 1992)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0094710708
- ISBN-13: 978-0094710702
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,8 x 13,6 x 2,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.118.621 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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 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.
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.