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Detectives Jean-Louis St-Cyr and Hermann Kohler investigate a series of arson fires and murders in World War II's occupied France

Blackwell North Amer
Lyon, 1942. Two days before Christmas, a cinema is set on fire and one hundred and eighty-three Frenchmen, women and children die in the blaze. The investigative team of St-Cyr of the Surete and Kohler of the Gestapo is dispatched to catch the arsonist.
These two policemen, both decent men, have been paired by their superiors to fight common crime in a time when officially-sanctioned crime on a grand scale is ignored. Kohler, a former Munich detective, carries their guns but is only supposed to let St-Cyr have his when there is immediate danger. St-Cyr, a French patriot, tries to protect his countrymen from the Occupiers while he is investigating "ordinary" crimes, but since the Gestapo is in charge of all police matters, he must tread a fine line.
St-Cyr and Kohler must determine whether this act of arson is linked to an earlier series of fires in three German cities. Or might it have resulted from a Resistance plot? Yet several members of the Resistance died in the flames. Then was it a Nazi trap, gone awry? Or is the killer a common pyromaniac who kills for sexual thrills and release?
The firebug has been given the name of Salamander. To uncover his (or her) identity, the team must solve several further murders, overcoming obstacles erected not only by Gestapo Headquarters in Berlin but by the Bishop of Lyon, members of the local Establishment, and by the notorious Klaus Barbie.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, [1998], c1994
ISBN: 9781569471197
Branch Call Number: MYS J335s
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 20 cm


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Dec 11, 2016

(The fourth book in the St. Cyr and Kohler series)

Feb 04, 2010

Detectives St-Cyr and Kohler are intricate and intelligent characters who challenge the reader. Janes portrayal of Occuppied France is gritty and real. A great book in a great series.


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