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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (June 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007XP68O2
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- Lending: Enabled
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However, has an interesting plot. Good setting, not the usual mystery plot. A German Gestapo officer and a French Surete officer somehow coexist.I read 2 of these before I figured out I wasn't the problem.
Sadly, I agree with the other readers who complained about the skipping and jumping that this book does. Quite frequently, I couldn’t tell who was doing the speaking. I had to keep going back to read over what I had just read trying to clarify the action. The transitions between paragraphs were awful.
The plot was good, but it didn’t keep me interested enough to finish the book. Hence I couldn’t rate the writing that good because so much of my interest in a book is how I relate to the characters and how smoothly it reads.
There are too many good books to read and too little time. I don’t believe I’ll be looking at any more of J. Robert Janes’ novels.
I want to thank Netgalley and Open Road Integrated Media/MysteriousPress.com/Open Road for forwarding to me a copy of this book to read.
Kaleidoscope is the third book in Janes' series and while not essential, I recommend starting with Mayhem, the first book in the series that provides much of the back story about the protagonists and their developing relationship. St. Cyr is attempting to hold on to his dignity and his patriotism and is quite wary of Kohler. Fortunately, Kohler is a detective first and a Gestapo only several steps distant and not a Nazi at any step however far removed.
The relationship between St. Cyr and Kohler is evolving; the relationships between them and their bosses and between those bosses and the competing German and French security forces is, to say the very least, complicated. Lines of authority are constantly blurred as these forces vie for superiority. Among the goals of the leaders are the accumulation of loot and the exercise of brutal power. This complexity is a primary strength of Janes' writing that gives him a voice of vérité.
The clarity of his writing, however, suffers from this penchant for complexity. On the other hand, Janes' writing gets better as the series goes on, so if you don't feel the need to know all the background, feel free to dive in anywhere.
Kaleidoscope is set in the rural Provence in southern France. A woman is murdered by crossbow. Turns out she was engaged in the black-market, but was she doing `more', i.e. was she helping the resistance smuggle pilots, escapees, and insurgents, into Spain? And fi so, who killed her and why?
Janes keeps getting better. Recommended.
This case in set in Provence near the Riviera coast. The Germans have just move into Unoccupied Vichy France. A woman has been killed by a bolt from a fifteenth century crossbow. Why was she killed, and who killed her. The local Gestapo believe that she was working with the Maquis (The Resistance) and was killed to shut her up. If our two detectives cannot find the 'real' killer, they will wipe out the town where she was found using the excuse that the town was protecting The Resistance.
This would have made a good story but at this point the book veers off into black market smuggling, homosexuality, incest, escaped POWs from Italy trying to get to Spain and more convolutions and contortions than my sixteen year old daughter trying to explain why the bumper on the back of my car has a dent in it, when she doesn't have a license or car keys. This is too bad (no my daughter did not wreck my car, well not that time) because there is a good story here but Janes tries to give us more 'color' than the book really needs. Maybe the next one will be better.