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This review is from: Murder Without Pity (Paperback)
Although Murder Without Pity comes advertised as a mystery, it is something more. It is also a history book, if one can accept the literary license the author takes with history. Steve Haberman weaves World War II into his current-day Paris setting and the reader feels the tension of the days of Nazism throughout the book.
State criminal investigator Monsieur Stanislas Cassel is the grandson of a French Nazi collaborator. Cassel is ashamed of his past and strives to avoid anything that exposes it. He prefers to assure his low profile by immersing himself in his work of solving small crimes he calls his Little Miseries.
Cassel finds himself investigating the murder of an elderly man whose eyes, even in death, reflected his terror at the last image he saw. A connection between the man's death and elderly Nazi collaborators hiding out in Paris must exist, because the closer Cassel gets to discovering the murderer, the more he feels the pressure of his own family shame.
He meets a Jewish woman who lost her family in the World War II death camps, becomes fascinated with her, then learns she knows about his grandfather's collaboration with the Nazis. Even though she knows his dark family secret, she attempts to alert him that the Far Right political faithful are becoming active once again.
Reviewer Sharron Stockhausen served two terms as president of Twin Cities (Minnesota) Sisters In Crime.
Armchair Interviews says: If you're looking for something different in a whodunit, consider Murder Without Pity. Haberman offers some interesting twists as he connects the fifty-plus years of history with mystery.