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Carousel (The St-Cyr and Kohler Mysteries) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

J. Robert Janes

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A kept woman’s murder leads detectives St-Cyr and Kohler to the upper crust of occupied Paris
It is December 1942, and the Parisian Gestapo agents pass their days by executing dissidents and plotting the destruction of the Resistance. Homicide detectives Jean-Louis St-Cyr and Hermann Kohler, meanwhile, must make do solving the gritty crimes with which the Nazi elite do not bother. Just hours after they learn that St-Cyr’s wife and child have died, the partners confront an ugly murder that turns out to be very glamorous indeed.
In a pay-by-the-hour hotel, a young woman is found surrounded by counterfeit coins and an ocean of blood. Her ID says she is an art student, but the quality of her clothes tell St-Cyr that she must be the mistress of a very rich man. The girl’s killer is powerful, and guilty of much worse than murder.
“The unorthodox detective partners in a haunting wartime series by J. Robert Janes make compassion their business. St-Cyr of the Sûreté Nationale and Hermann Kohler of the Gestapo work the mundane murder cases no one else wants to be bothered with. They cry for us all.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Keeps the suspense burning slowly but with mounting power—their most successful outing yet.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[Janes] captures the seamy side of Paris, its ambience and its people, most trying to survive but some trying to get rich.” —The Sunday Oklahoman
J. Robert Janes (b. 1935) 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 started writing fiction. He began his career as a novelist by writing young adult books, starting with The Odd-Lot Boys and the Tree-Fort War (1976). He wrote his last young adult novel, Murder in the Market, in 1985, by which time he had begun writing for adults, starting with the four-novel Richard Hagen series.
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-occupied France have been praised for the author’s attention to historical detail, as well as their swift-moving plots. The thirteenth in the series, Bellringer, was published in 2012.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1950 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (5 juin 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007XP6BZI
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Amazon.com: 2.8 étoiles sur 5  6 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Carousel - a difficult but rewarding read. 7 février 2000
Par Steve Angel - Publié sur Amazon.com
I pride myself on being a relatively fast reader, so allow me to start by saying this book is very time-consuming. The book is a difficult read, but extremely worthwhile if you can persevere.
Janes writes very well, with richly-detailed descriptions of the characters and settings. At times this borders on excessive, and tends to distract one from the thrust of the story. This may or may not be a strength in a mystery. It depends on the intent of the author - to prevent the reader from prematurely deducing whodunit, or simply as a matter of overattention to detail. Janes' prose is written in a European style, reminiscent of 19th century classics. This can be awkward to the experienced reader, and downright alien to the literary novice. Again, this may or may not be a strength. With respect to the story itself, it is very complex in its evolution and excecution. I found it extremely captivating, particularly in later parts of the book, to see the strands of facts begin to coalesce into webs and sheets of truth. At times, a real page-turner, and at others a real headache. Janes successfully re-creates the atmosphere and aura of WW2 France under the Nazis. The undercurrents of fear, terror, and conquest are interwoven throughout the book, particularly in the interplay between St. Cyr and Kohler - conquered and conqueror.
All in all, these elements, while they may seem countercurrent to one another, come together to brilliantly tell a tale of murder and intrigue in Vichy France. The major detraction is, as I've said, the fact that this book demands one's undivided attention, and meticulous attention to everything that is written. Not for casual reading!
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Dizzying at times 21 mai 2006
Par Daniel Berger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
"Carousel" follows the pattern of Janes' other books featuring the partnership in occupied Paris of French police detective Louis St. Cyr and his Gestapo counterpart, Hermann Kohler. An unlikely buddy story, indeed.

A kinky murder drags the two cops into the murk of the wartime corruption and several other unsolved murders which may be related. A young woman is found raped and murdered in a hotel room she has rented under an assumed name, with several weird clues left behind. She's known to have been meeting an older man there. Family relationships going back decades are involved. As usual there are shadowy and sinister ties reaching to the top of the Nazi regime. At one point, Kohler and St. Cyr end up truffle-hunting in the countryside.

Janes' stylized writing creates the sense of fog surrounding Kohler and St. Cyr, but it also contributes to a certain amount of confusion. Their conversations with those who know something are often so elliptical as to leave the reader wondering what just actually transpired. Internal dialogue often emerges in fragmentary form without clear signals as to whom it belongs. It can be tough to follow, particularly as his plot is so complex. The web of German agencies competing to loot the city, with their personal and organizational rivalries, the shifting stew of French characters likewise at each other's throats, all make this book, like others in the series, dizzying to follow. The climactic scene, with most of the principals gathered in one place so that Everything Can Be Revealed, is a bit hokey that way.

Although his writing is heavy in atmosphere, I don't think Janes successfully evokes wartime Paris quite as well as another writer who strains at it less - Alan Furst. Several of his wartime espionage novels are located in Paris. Janes' books are weighed down by the murder mystery format, and by the somewhat overheated characterizations of St. Cyr and Kohler. He gives you as much wartime detail as Furst does, but somehow Furst's details seem both quirkier and more authentic. Janes tells us about ersatz coffee, and about women with drawn lines on their legs suggesting the seams of stockings that cannot be had amid the wartime scarcity, but somehow he never breaks through to the truly unique observations that would get the book fully into three dimensions. When St. Cyr notices a certain scent of perfume that seems to tie several characters together, I can't decide if this is a fine subtle touch or if Janes is playing the stereotypically-French card a little too strongly. I may be comparing apples and oranges here; this is a police-murder mystery, with its various conventions usually to be observed, while Furst's books are espionage but not really tied to the page-turning conventions of that or any other genre.

I don't want to bash "Carousel", though. For one thing, Janes does well developing the Kohler-St. Cyr relationship over the series. I've read three of the them, not in any chronological order, and this last one has me thinking I should start at the beginning and do them in order. In this particular one it's unclear why Kohler is so alienated from Nazidom in general, but rather than see this as a failing, it makes me want to read the other books to find out more.

Still, there are times in this book when I have no idea what just happened, why some conversation was important, who is talking or what is implied about the relationships of various characters to each other. In other words, I was sometimes lost, and had to just hang on and keep reading. At the end Janes brings it together - more or less. If you like the series, this is a respectable part of it.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story, tough read 6 novembre 2012
Par Mystbuff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The story lines are intricate, yet realistic. The characters are interesting and compelling. The writing style nearly ruins the whole experience. I almost wish the author had given his plot outline to someone with the ability to write clearly and logically.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 More Like an Unsteady Mixer 15 août 2011
Par Grey Wolffe - Publié sur Amazon.com
The biggest problem (of the many) with this book is the 'style' that the author used to make the book 'different'. We are constantly given the characters impressions as to what is going on and then have them make remarks so at times it hard to tell in what 'person' the book is written. At some parts, the book is written from the first person point of every character and we a left to figure out what is what and who said what to who.

As another reviewer commented, Janes uses the literal translation of french to english and you get people saying, "my old one" and "my fine". These may make sense in french because they have articles but in english they just become obscure.

The plot, appears to be intricately done, but since it get thicker and thicker, like adding bread crumbs to a mix that it's hard to tell what the point is that's being made. And, as the plot thickens so does the dialogue between Kohler and St-Cyr. Even at the end of the book, there's no clean wrap up and I'm still not sure as to who committed what crime. Tres disappointing, d'accord?

Zeb Kantrowitz
5 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Irritating 10 août 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
The book does give a nice atmosphere of occupied Paris. What is irritating is that the author uses literal translations of french. Examples: 'My Old One', rather than 'Old Man', then in other places he uses the french word unnecessarily, ex. 'Imbecile' (spelled with accent mark). The characters are cliche, think second rate mystery films of the 30's and 40's. As the plot thickens, it becomes ridiculous and unbelievable. Not worth the trouble.
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