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Liar Moon (Captain Martin Bora #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Praise for Ben Pastor's Lumen:

“Pastor’s plot is well crafted, her prose sharp. . . . A disturbing mix of detection and reflection.”—Publishers Weekly

"Rivets the reader with its twist of historical realities. A historical piece, it faithfully reproduces the grim canvas of war. A character study, it captures the thoughts and actions of real people, not stereotypes.”—The Free...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published 2001)
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Aleksandr Voinov
Aug 28, 2013 Aleksandr Voinov is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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My word, somebody can write and does it. Transfixed.
Rob Kitchin
The real strength of Liar Moon is the character of Martin Bora and the moral ambiguities around his persona and actions. He’s reserved yet direct, determined, ruthless, and principled, driven by a deep sense of conviction and his aristocratic family tradition. He’s a soldier in an army of a corrupt and corrupting regime, trying to hold the line between murder and killing, on the one hand relentlessly hunting down partisans and on the other subverting the hunt for Jews. And losing his hand and ne...more
Nancy Oakes
(April, 2012)

Liar Moon is Ben Pastor's second novel to feature Wehrmacht Major Martin Bora, following her earlier novel Lumen. Bora is headquartered near Verona, in northern Italy, where the Fascists still maintain control and the Nazis are occupying the territory. And although Bora is in the German Army, after what he's been through and what he's seen, he has no heart for this war. He's a man with a conscience and a troubled soul, with very little stomach for SS policies, which, by the way, ha...more
Gloria Feit
One of crime fiction’s more unusual protagonists is Baron Martin Bora, a German Army Major during World War II. In a previous [debut] novel, “Lumen,” Bora served in Spain, Poland and at Stalingrad, where he gained some distinction for solving a murder. This novel takes place in 1943 just as the Italian government switched sides, but the Nazi troops still controlled the north.

As the novel opens, Bora is in a hospital after his troops were attacked by partisans; he loses his left hand and shrapnel...more
Keith Currie
It is winter 1943 in northern Italy not far from Verona and a local Fascist grandee has died in suspicious circumstances. The reluctant Major Martin Bora of the Wehrmacht is ordered to investigate the death.

Martin Bora is a man with problems. He has lost his brother recently in battle, he has perhaps lost his wife's love, and as the novel opens he has just lost his left hand to a Partisan bomb. In addition, a nameless SS officer swears to him that he will make it his business to destroy Bora as...more
“Liar Moon” is the second book in the Martin Bora series.

Bora is a Wehrmacht Major who two months after surviving a grenade attack in which he lost his left hand and nearly his leg, is back to work and tasked to investigate the murder of Camerata Vittorio Lisi, a well known Fascist and cripple. The Wehrmacht has zeroed in on Lisi’s very young widow Claretta as the prime suspect and with the help of Police Inspector Sandro Guidi, Bora must find evidence to either convict Claretta or find the true...more
Mar 07, 2012 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Set about four years after the events in Lumen, this second book in the Martin Bora series finds the aristocratic German Army officer stationed near Verona in northern Italy. The intervening years, including two on the Russian front, have taken their toll, and the sober officer is now even more cool and detached than before. The format of the story hews fairly closely to that of the first book: there's a main mystery, a secondary one, and a sidekick. Here, the main plotline follows the murder of...more
Wilde Sky
German and Italian officers search for a crazy sniper while trying to determine how an Italian fascist.

Good idea for a story, but I found the writing to be really ling winded / stilted and some of the plot points didn’t make any sense. I struggled to finish this book.
During WWII Italy is divided with the North being controlled by the Fascists and the South being liberated by the Allied forces. German Major Martin Bora is ordered to investigate the death of a local Fascist along with local police inspector Guidi, who is also pursing an elusive serial killer.

The conflict between the two characters is interesting both in terms of personality and heritage. While they seem to be at odds they do respect each other. Besides his conflicts with Guidi Bora plays a ha...more
second in the Inspector Bora series set during World War II. German policeman now in northern Italy investigates the death, possibly caused by his young wife, of an Italian businessman. Really like this series, but have not finished the book yet.

We read/discussed the first in this series, Lumen, with the Mystery Book Group in August 2011.
Excellent follow up to "Lumen", the first in the Martin Bora series. This time, Major Bora is fighting the partisans in Italy. He has lost his left hand (meaning he can no longer play the piano) and he has not heard from his wife, so his mood is not great. Then he is asked to investigate a local murder. Love this series.
Knocked off a star because the author (and her editors) don't know the difference between the Immaculate Conception and the virgin birth. Bora wouldn't have gotten that wrong.
Bunny Maurer
Not as good as Lumen but good
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Ben (Maria Verbena Volpi) Pastor was born in Rome, but her career as a college teacher and writer requires that she divide her time between the United States and Italy, where she is now doing research. Author of the internationally acclaimed Martin Bora war mysteries, she begins with Aelius Spartianus a new series of thrilling tales. In addition to the United States, her novels are published in It...more
More about Ben Pastor...
Lumen (Captain Martin Bora, #1) The Water Thief (Aelius Spartianus Mystery, #1) The Fire Waker (Aelius Spartianus Mystery, #2) Il signore delle cento ossa (Captain Martin Bora, #8) Kaputt Mundi (Captain Martin Bora, #3)

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