‘An imaginable and enjoyable debut ... with this fascinating mixture of detective mystery and psychological thriller Janes has set himself a high standard which should win him many followers.' Edward French, Books.
‘Impressive ... Well imagined.' Books in Canada.
‘A Sûreté man and a Gestapo officer combine to turn 1942 Paris the seamy side out ... The offbeat pair gel ... fast and convincing.' The Oxford Times.
‘A funny and exciting book, beautifully documented.' Louis Malle, the great French film director.
‘Very good on atmosphere and on the difficult distinction between collaboration and survival.' Million Magazine.
‘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.' Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review.
‘Keeps the suspense burning slowly but with mounting power -- their most successful outing yet.' Kirkus Reviews.
‘The author, as he did in his first book about the duo, captures the seamy side of Paris, its ambience and its people, most trying to survive but some trying to get rich.' The Sunday Oklahoman.
A hill village in Provence and the murder of a weaver's friend.
*Starred review. ‘A superb historical mystery.' David Pitt, American Library Association.
‘Janes at his electrifying best.' The Spectator.
‘Janes ... writes a good plot, sturdy characters, and plenty of cliffhangers. His central characters are sympathetically and perceptively observed, evoking empathy in the reader who shares their horror at the brutality of war -- graphic and all-too-believable incidents which Janes has used well to authenticate his milieu and as a counterpoint to his detectives' human decency.' Roger Burford Mason, Quill and Quire.
‘In this engrossing series entry, the Mistral roars like Christ after a sinner as the two cops chase leads that take them back to a notorious financial scandal.' Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal.
‘Convincingly documents the wartime background of Nazi-occupied France ... will definitely gratify fans of the series.' Publishers Weekly.
A case of arson in the city of Lyon, home territory to the infamous Klaus Barbie of the SS.
*Starred review. ‘The most brilliantly unsettling of this fine series to date.' Kirkus Reviews.
‘Gritty, gruesome, and entirely captivating ... An exceedingly clever novel that should appeal to World War II buffs as well as mystery readers.' Booklist.
‘An unexpectedly intelligent mystery series with hidden twists and I was happy to have found it.' Erika Schmidt, Reference Cataloguing Librarian, the Mechanics Institute.
‘A richly rewarding read from both historical and psychological perspectives, Salamander will leave you ferreting out other Janes novels.' Rapport.
Paris, the teenaged daughter of a neighbour is missing and her little brother has come to ask St-Cyr and Kohler to find her, but a bank robbery intrudes.
*Starred review. ‘Janes offers a searing picture ... of the German Occupation and, in his two protagonists, a believable bonding of improbable allies.' Publishers Weekly.
‘Well researched and powerfully written.' Marilyn Sherlock, The Historical Novels Review.
‘The dimension of Janes' knowledge throughout the series is impressive and extends to the slightest details of the culture of scarcity in everyday Paris. Finally there is Janes'
enormous novelistic skill in handling several points of view. Overall, his creations have few rivals and one can only think of three that are his equal Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy,
Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen series, and perhaps most particularly the eight-volume series of South African police procedurals by James McClure.' Reamy Jansen, the Bloomsbury Review.
*Notable Books of the Year 1997:Mysteries: 'Paris is being terrorized by a killer of schoolgirls in this harrowing policier featuring Jean-Louis St-Cyr (an inspector with the Sûreté Nationale) and Hermann Kohler (an agent of the Gestapo), a singular detective team assigned to investigate the 'everyday crimes' overlooked by history during the twilight of the Vichy government.'-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review.
*1997's Best Books: PW's Choices: A Canadian author conjures up occupied Paris, 1943, in (this eighth) procedural following the investigative team of the Gestapo's Hermann Kohler and Jean-Louis St-Cyr of the Sûreté. Tracking the grim trail of a serial killer and rapist through the city, the pair encounters tawdriness in the military, the Church and among other opportunists capitalizing on the suffering of others.'-Publisher's Weekly.
*Exceptional Books of 1997: 'Kohler and St-Cyr pursue a serial killer in occupied Paris in 1943 in this finely etched mystery.' Library Booknotes, Bookman Book Review.