CAROUSEL by J. Robert Janes



 A strangled young woman, her room awash in blood, is only the beginning of the horrors that await SñretÇ Inspector Jean-Louis St-Cyr and his Gestapo watchdog Hermann Kohler (Mirage). Christianne Baudelaire, who was raped after death, is surrounded by two dozen forged Roman coins--one of them pressed into her forehead--and has a rubber-banded stuffed canary in her dresser drawer. Outside, there are two more corpses--those of a carousel operator roped to his own contraption, and a Gestapo corporal whose murder requires the taking of 30 hostages who'll be killed unless Louis and Hermann can follow a twisted trail of prostitution, collaboration, and family treachery reaching back 30 years. The mystery is ladled on generously--but Janes's perverse talent for mangling even the simplest expository scenes will discourage all but the hardiest fans of WW II intrigue.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1993
ISBN: 1-55611-357-9
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Donald Fine
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993


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