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Sandman Some hit and miss Good characters but sometimes the structure is annoying. I picked this one out because it takes place in occupied Paris in 1943 and the detectives are Jean Louis St Cyr a Paris detective and his partner, Hermann Kohler, veteran of WWI who s disillusioned with the Nazis They are hindered in their search for the Sandman who has been killing young girls with a knitting needle and raping them by the forces of the Occupier Luckily, though, they are very good and the various authorities The German Gestapo, The French Gestapo, the SS, and always behin I picked this one out because it takes place in occupied Paris in 1943 and the detectives are Jean Louis St Cyr a Paris detective and his partner, Hermann Kohler, veteran of WWI who s disillusioned with the Nazis They are hindered in their search for the Sandman who has been killing young girls with a knitting needle and raping them by the forces of the Occupier Luckily, though, they are very good and the various authorities The German Gestapo, The French Gestapo, the SS, and always behind them One of the best things about the book is the way the author makes you feel the weather it s January of what was a particularly cold winter in Europe Most people had no heat, little food, and not enough layers of clothing to keep them warm But all things considered this isn t a great mystery It s not terribly hard to figure out who done it though the book goes through 6 or 7 suspects, all with unsavory stories It s a fast moving case the action takes only a few days during which the detectives don t get any rest and little food and a child is out there somewhere trying to avoid capture because she knows who the Sandman is Still, though, the novel drags Don t see how it was one of the New York Times notable books which is why I tired it Though it may be that I didn t read it quickly enough The story is enthralling So few books record the difficulties faced by police in the Occupation, and Janes has carefully researched his work.The book is spoiled by its tedious writing style, as if the writer s first language is French, yet he has written in English However, the French expressions seem contrived and false, eg, Nom de Jesus Christ, instead of Mon Dieu as a constant expletive An omnipotent narrator is accompanied by an irritating series of asides, lest the reader cannot be The story is enthralling So few books record the difficulties faced by police in the Occupation, and Janes has carefully researched his work.The book is spoiled by its tedious writing style, as if the writer s first language is French, yet he has written in English However, the French expressions seem contrived and false, eg, Nom de Jesus Christ, instead of Mon Dieu as a constant expletive An omnipotent narrator is accompanied by an irritating series of asides, lest the reader cannot be trusted to come to the correct conclusion Nothing that some editing would not fix, though.Don t be put off reading the book, however, as it gives a valuable insight into detectives working under impossible restrictions What better incentive to get it right than the constant threat of exile in Siberia or being sent to the Russian front If you are familiar with the St Cyr and Kohler series you pretty much know what to expect from the books and this one delivers in that regard I was happy to see the detectives return to Paris because I Janes has such a good handle on the tense atmosphere of the occupied city, with its privations and shortages, suspicion about collaborators and informers, brothels, easy availability of all varieties of sexual practices, the desperation that fuels prostitution and makes easy pickings for those in If you are familiar with the St Cyr and Kohler series you pretty much know what to expect from the books and this one delivers in that regard I was happy to see the detectives return to Paris because I Janes has such a good handle on the tense atmosphere of the occupied city, with its privations and shortages, suspicion about collaborators and informers, brothels, easy availability of all varieties of sexual practices, the desperation that fuels prostitution and makes easy pickings for those in a position to profit It creates a dark, dangerous and distinctly sleazy atmosphere not easy to read about, for e.g the storyline involving an abortionist euphemistically known as an angel maker , that sometimes Janes seems to wallow in, in a way that overshadows the fundamental decency of St Cyr and Kohler, whose flaws are human and understandable under their peculiar circumstances As with the other books in the series the crime plot is complicated and often confusing, with its multiple perspectives and jumping in and out of characters viewpoints, police, witnesses, suspects, assorted hangers on, victims, etc There are ongoing difficulties St Cyr faces from the Resistance believing him to be a collaborator, while partner Kohler tries to dodge the attention of his Gestapo superiors Neither is allowed to spend much time with his female companion s , despite having been allowed back to Paris following several cases in the provinces Mostly I allow the details to wash over, and soak up the brilliantly evoked period atmosphere and scenes with St Cyr and Kohler together, on opposite sides of the war but closer with every case they work together The mismatched German Kripo and French Surete detectives of occupied Paris chase down a serial killer everyone wants caught while avoiding drawing the attention of the SS and the French Resistance, both of which have their own lunatic killers and would prefer to have no prying detectives. Sandman is a serial killer mystery set in 1943 Vichy Paris St Cyr of the Parisian Police department is teamed with Kohler a former Munich cop and who is now Gestapo Together the two detectives must find a killer called Sandman who is on a killing school girls across occupied Paris Janes does a great job in describing the war time complexities of Parisian attitudes, from the thriving black market to dealing with the German war machine beauracracy Together the two dectectives must put aside Sandman is a serial killer mystery set in 1943 Vichy Paris St Cyr of the Parisian Police department is teamed with Kohler a former Munich cop and who is now Gestapo Together the two detectives must find a killer called Sandman who is on a killing school girls across occupied Paris Janes does a great job in describing the war time complexities of Parisian attitudes, from the thriving black market to dealing with the German war machine beauracracy Together the two dectectives must put aside prejudices and pride to find the killer before he strikes again Sandman is a gritty and fascinating story that any mystery or historical novel fan will enjoy I love this series by Janes Two detectives in Occupied France during WWII One Gestapo, the other Surete They must find a way to collaborate to investigate crimes during impossible times Great twists, great insight. In occupied Paris the team of St Cyr and Kohler must investigate the murder of an eleven year old girl Four schoolgirls have been killed in the last five weeks by a serial killer called the Sandman Has he claimed another victim This is a murder mystery set in Nazi occupied France and while I did enjoy it, by the end I wasn t as interested in how it turned out Bonus all the french in the book made my semesters of studying the language really pay off finally not a bad novel although the plot was a little too ornately gothic missing children, evil nuns, prostitutes, abortionists, SS.


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