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Sandman (St. Cyr & Kohler #8)

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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?
Paperback, 261 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Press (first published September 1996)
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Dec 13, 2015 Cerisaye rated it liked it
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 ...more
Some hit and miss. Good characters but sometimes the structure is annoying.
Jan 18, 2009 Susan rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Dec 05, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
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.
Allison Forseter
Jul 02, 2008 Allison Forseter rated it it was ok
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!)
Ken Irwin
Jul 03, 2009 Ken Irwin rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 21, 2009 Kit rated it liked it
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not a bad novel although the plot was a little too ornately gothic - missing children, evil nuns, prostitutes, abortionists, SS.
Apr 02, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
Got hooked on the whole series...good mystery, good atmosphere (a BIG plus for me) and excellent characters...
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J. Robert Janes is a mystery author best known for writing historical thrillers. Born in Toronto, he holds degrees in mining and geology, and worked as an engineer, university professor, and textbook author before he began writing fiction. In 1992, Janes published Mayhem, the first in the long-running St-Cyr and Kohler series for which he is best known. These police procedurals set in Nazi-occupie ...more
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