Lumen by Ben Pastor
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Equal parts wartime political intrigue, detective story, psychological thriller and religious mystery, Pastor's debut follows a German army captain and a Chicago priest as they investigate the death of a nun in Nazi-occupied Poland. Stunned by the violence of the occupation and by the ideology of his colleagues, Bora’s sense of Prussian duty is tested to the breaking point.

About Ben Pastor

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Ben Pastor was born in Rome, but her career as a college teacher and writer requires that she divide her time between the United States and Italy, where she is now doing research. Author of the internationally acclaimed Martin Bora war mysteries, she begins with Aelius Spartianus a new series of thrilling tales. In addition to the United States, her novels are published in Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Published April 19, 2011 by Bitter Lemon Press. 322 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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After three months, two suicides, much detective work and some speculation about Catholicism and faith, choice and chance, good and evil, Bora and Malecki discover the true story of the abbess's death, which implicates Bora's fellow army officers.

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From my online research, however Pastor has written a second novel about Bora, this time set in Italy later in the war.

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