Sandman by J. Robert Janes

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In the dead of winter, a serial killer targets the children of ParisIt is January 1943, and as Germany reels from the defeat at Stalingrad, Hermann Kohler learns that his sons were among the German casualties. He has no choice but to set grief aside and continue working, solving everyday cases in and around Paris. Today he and his partner, Jean-Louis St-Cyr, examine the corpse of a murdered girl. As St-Cyr examines the crime scene, Kohler is overwhelmed; after seeing countless corpses, he can no longer stand it. This slender schoolgirl is the fifth victim of the serial killer named Sandman. Like the others, she was stabbed to death with a knitting needle and left in plain sight—in this case, in a birdcage in the Bois de Boulogne. Kohler can do nothing for this girl or for his own sons, but for the sake of France’s children, he will send Sandman to the guillotine.

About J. Robert Janes

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J. Robert Janes's previous titles in this series include "Mayhem," "Mannequin," "Sandman," "Salamander," "Stonekiller," and "Carousel," all available from Soho Crime.
Published June 5, 2012 by Road. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction

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Although she's wearing the disordered clothing of munitions heiress NÇnette Vernet, the corpse is actually NÇnette's friend AndrÇe Noireau, orphaned when her parents went abroad on a visit to Coventry and never returned.

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In an atmosphere reeking of menace and desperation, Kohler and St-Cyr search for the missing girls, for the Sandman and for the truth as they sift through tawdry affairs, back-street abortionists and whorehouses where even the used condoms are prized.

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