- Series: A St-Cyr & Kohler Mystery
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Orion (May 16, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575072121
- ISBN-13: 978-0575072121
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flykiller (A St-Cyr & Kohler Mystery) Paperback – May 16, 2002
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It's worth noting that in this outing almost all the suspects and witnesses are the internees. If you're like me and sometimes shorthand characters, be warned: to take this one seriously as a mystery, you'll probably need to take notes. I will next time--and there will be a next time.
All the Kohler & St Cyrs are passable fair play mysteries. They're written in sequence, and you can see attitudes and relationships change as the war progresses and both men take more punishment and have less hope. Be warned that Janes is the fastest POV-shifter in the English language, and to read closely is like watching a Ping-Pong match with POV changing sometimes with every line. German and French phrases are tossed about, but not promiscuously. If it's something you can't be expected to know or need to know, someone will give you the meaning within a paragraph or so. If you're up for that, hang on tight and enjoy the ride!