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Stonekiller Hardcover – May, 1997


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Canadian writer J. Robert Janes's series of mysteries set in occupied France in 1942 are very popular in his native country and in England, and it's not hard to see why. Jean-Louis St-Cyr and Hermann Kohler--an elegant, acerbic French policeman and a massive, lumbering, surprisingly compassionate gestapo agent--are an unlikely but extremely effective team of detectives. Here, they investigate the murder of a woman who discovered a historic art treasure of extreme importance to the Nazi cause--and whose death might be a dangerous embarrassment for everyone involved.

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Janes's World War II series continues, as detectives St. Cyr (Surete Nationale) and Kohler (Gestapo) decide whether to investigate the murder of a woman who once discovered a prehistoric art trove. Since Hitler and Goebbels plan to exploit the find for propaganda, an investigation might embarrass the wrong people.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569470839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569470831
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,605,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lee F. Bonaldi on July 2, 2000
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I chanced upon this title while browsing through Amazon.com. The premise sounded interesting, so I thought I'd take a chance. This book is marvelous! The author takes you through all sorts of nooks and crannies until you are shocked at the end by the actual stonekiller. The setting (Vichy France during WWII) and the interplay between the two detectives (one French, one German) adds spice to a fine storyline. I have to disagree with the reviewer who complained about too many merde's and Gott in Himmel's. They do not get in the way of the story at all. The author realistically portrays Vichy France and the interplay between the French police and the Gestapo and SS. You are quickly drawn in and you will breathlessly follow St. Cyr and Kohler all the way through to the exciting climax. If you are looking for something a bit off beat, but yet thrilling and exciting, pick this one up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2003
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I have read 6 books from this series and each one can stand alone and each one describes the environment to the point that you feel you are there. However, these are not the easiest books to read. Janes feels little need to identify who is speaking on every line. He also injects a character's thoughts in with the dialogue. This takes some getting used to as Character A may say something without being identified, followed by B thinking something (unidentified), then maybe B says something, A says something, then A thinks something and after awhile you find yourself starting over trying to figure exactly who said what. I don't say this to dissuade anyone (with reading 6 of these I obviously think these books are worth it) but you should be warned that these might not be your taste.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
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J. Robert Janes is a very underappreciated author. As you read his novels, you come to appreciate the character development, and above all, the accurate depiction of time and place. Very well worth reading.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2002
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Historically based mystery novels are very popular. Most of them are plot retreads in fancy dress with relatively little appreciation for the historical background. This book and series of books is an exception. This is a well written book set in Occupied France during WWII. The attention to period detail is very good and I believe that Janes has done a good job of conveying the atmosphere of this period. In other respects, this is a solid book, a good combination of police procedural and hard boiled American style detective novel. Janes does, however, have a taste for excessively elaborate plots. In addition, his leading characters are perhaps a bit too good guyish to be solidly creditable. A bit of moral ambiguity would more realistic.
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