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J. Robert Janes's latest novel in the long-running St-Cyr and Kohler mystery series, set in Nazi-occupied France, takes the detective duo to a resort town turned women's internment camp
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.
". . . St-Cyr and Kohler [have] returned in an enthralling, character-propelled new police procedural . . ." -Kirkus Reviews "The combined ingenuity of St. Cyr and Kohler, the harsh realities of the occupation, and an array of intriguing characters will keep readers turning the pages." -Publishers Weekly "One of the most unusual crime-fighting duos in detective fiction." -Mystery Review "A master of the psychological thriller. Imaginative and brilliant in conception, skilled, engaging, and superb in execution. Highly recommended." -Midwest Book Review "Janes has effectively recreated a period of French history that is usually unacknowledged or swept under the rug. Original and gripping." -The Drood Review of Mystery