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Janes, J. Robert (Joseph Robert), 1935-
First U.S. paperback edition.
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New York : Soho Press, 1999.

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287 pages ; 19 cm
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A strangled, naked young girl, a young man tied to a carousel animal, & the killing of a Wehrmacht corporal are possibly connected. St-Cyr & Kohler must solve the puzzle in 1942 Paris.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a plot that escalates from tricky to ridiculous, Janes's two heroes keep themselves going with benzedrine, but readers are more likely to feel dizzy. In occupied Paris in late 1942, Surete Chief Inspector Jean-Louis St-Cyr and his Gestapo partner Capt. Hermann Kohler, paired before in Mirage, investigate the grisly murders of a carousel operator and, nearby, a young ``artist's model.'' Then a German soldier is murdered in the same neighborhood, hostages are taken by the Nazis, leaving Louis and Hermann to race against time to solve the mystery and save the hostages. The French Resistance registers a mere whisper against the roaring machinations of the Gestapo, SS, Abwehr, rival French gangs, collaborators and profiteers. A cast that includes a Nazi necrophiliac, a sinning young priest, a crazed French veteran and assorted sleazeballs moves through some artful set pieces that lead to the final, hard-to-believe revelations with all suspects gathered at the carousel. Occasional patches of impressionistic writing and stream-of-consciousness ruminations don't make the cardboard characters any more convincing. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is a sequel to Mirage (Donald I. Fine, 1992) . In Paris, 1942, two policemen must find the killer who left a dead girl naked and strangled, with a Roman coin on her forehead. France is occupied, and the French inspector is paired with a Gestapo agent. The discovery of two more bodies, those of a pimp and a German corporal, lifts the case from the merely criminal to the dangerously political. The situation is potentially interesting, but the language is so confusing and the local color so idiomatically rendered that the reader is hard put to follow the story. The combination of psychological wartime thriller and noir detective fiction is uneasy at best and ultimately unsuccessful. A marginal purchase.-- Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.