Search Results: "J. Robert Janes"


BOOK REVIEW

CAROUSEL by J. Robert Janes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 25, 1993

"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."
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). Read full book review >

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STONEKILLER by J. Robert Janes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 1997

"The most subdued of St-Cyr's and Kohler's three outings (Carousel, 1993, etc.) keeps the suspense burning slowly but with mounting power in their most successful collaboration yet."
On the eve of the First World War, so the story goes, a young prehistoric researcher and the girl with whom he was seeking a trysting place at Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne found a cave full of fabulous paintings to rival those of Lascaux. Read full book review >

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SALAMANDER by J. Robert Janes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 1998

"The most brilliantly unsettling of this fine series to date."
Two days before Christmas 1942, some 450 citizens of Lyon crowd into the local cinema to watch La Bàte humaine—a little proletarian crime drama to take their minds off the war. Read full book review >

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SANDMAN by J. Robert Janes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"592, etc.), though its crescendo of ugly secrets marks it as one of their most searching."
Four schoolgirls have already been murdered when Jean-Louis St-Cyr and his Gestapo colleague Hermann Kohler are called to occupied Paris to investigate a fifth. Read full book review >

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KALEIDOSCOPE by J. Robert Janes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"First published, like Mannequin (1998), in Great Britain (1993)."
Was the killing of Madame Anne-Marie Buemondi on a hillside in Provence a few days before Christmas 1942 personal or political? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOLLMAKER by J. Robert Janes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"An edgy tale replete with searing instances of wartime terror and the desperation it drives people to."

BOOK REVIEW

MIRAGE by J. Robert Janes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1992

"It's hard to imagine what Janes (The Alice Factor, etc.) is leaving over for the projected series starring Kohler and St-Cyr."
Occupied France, 1942. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEPER by J. Robert Janes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Janes, author of the prolific St. Cyr & Kohler World War II police procedurals (Carnival, 2014, etc.), weaves a subtle, character-driven plot, stylishly written and long on twists."
A refugee from Nazi Germany finds that he can't escape the shadow of war or the insidious reach of the Third Reich. Read full book review >

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CARNIVAL by J. Robert Janes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 2014

"The arch chemistry between the two competitive sleuths, the smattering of German and French, and the measured unfolding of the well-appointed plot all give St-Cyr and Kohler's 15th case a faint flavor of Poirot."
One suicide is a tragedy, but two suicides definitely require an investigation. Read full book review >

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MANNEQUIN by J. Robert Janes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This time, though, the catalogue of perversions may be a little too conscientious for all but the most battle-hardened readers."
The same day (Christmas Eve, 1942) robbers steal 18 million francs from the main Paris branch of the CrÇdit Lyonnais and kill a teller before making their escape, an even more horrific crime is being committed around the corner from the bank: Joanne Labelle, answering an ad for models of a suspiciously specific physical type, is lured into an abandoned house and vanishes, along with all the house's furnishings—except for an explicit series of photographs suggesting that Joanne is only the latest in a series of 14 victims. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE DEVILS by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An author's note describes their threatened conditions, providing a starting point to understanding this unique species. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This trio of Tasmanian devils is quite the handful. Read full book review >

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FLEDGLING by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Young children facing or recalling their own first forays into the wide world will follow this one with fascination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A young kestrel tries its wings in this roller-coaster ride of a picture book, swooping over (and under!) Read full book review >