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Liar Moon (Captain Martin Bora Mysteries) [Paperback]

Ben Pastor
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20 Jan 2012 Captain Martin Bora Mysteries (Book 2)
A well-crafted and spellbinding crime novel, Liar Moon is set in Italy, 1943. The country is now divided into a facist north and a liberated south. Amidst the backdrop of relentless anti-partisan warfare, an aristocratic German investigating the death of a prominent local facist must join forces with an Italian police chief hunting down an elusive serial killer. Yet Martin Bora soon finds that his hellish past serving on the Russian Front will always be with him. The second in a series of five, this gripping read will appeal to fans of Phillip Kerr and Alan Furst.

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS (20 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904738826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904738824
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for 'Lumen' by Ben Pastor: "Pastor's plot is well crafted, her prose sharp - a disturbing mix of detection and reflection." Publisher's Weekly "And don't miss Lumen by Ben Pastor. When an abbess thought to have supernatural powers is murdered in Nazi-occupied Cracow, the Wehrmacht officer's investigation is complicated by his compatriots' cruelty and the Catholic Church's secrecy. An interesting, original and melancholy tale." Literary Review --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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BEN PASTOR, born in Italy, worked as a university professor in Vermont. She is one of the most talented writers in the field of historical fiction. In 2008 she won the prestigious Premio Zaragoza for best historical fiction. She writes in English. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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It is winter 1943 in northern Italy not far from Verona and a local Fascist grandee has died in suspicious circumstances. The reluctant Major Martin Bora of the Wehrmacht is ordered to investigate the death.

Martin Bora is a man with problems. He has lost his brother recently in battle, he has perhaps lost his wife's love, and as the novel opens he has just lost his left hand to a Partisan bomb. In addition, a nameless SS officer swears to him that he will make it his business to destroy Bora as a `Jew-lover'.

This is not sunny Italy of the imagination, but a bleak wintry north blasted by snow, rain and frost, emphasising the darkness suffusing the novel. The author also throws in the pain experienced by Bora throughout the story, physical pain from his injuries, and moral pain from what he has already done in the war and what he is ordered to do now. Pastor has dared to do something original in her writing: she has placed her creation in an impossible situation and has given him a conscience.

Liar Moon is a superb piece of writing. Pastor's rich and limpid prose and the stately pace of the narrative combine to produce a tale and tone which are bleak and sombre but also a delight to read. The wonderfully allusive and understated way in which the episode of the transportation of Jews is written presents the reader with Bora's quandary, how does a man of conscience and principle cope with evil?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Liar Moon 19 Jan 2012
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Having really enjoyed the first in the Major Martin Bora series, Lumen (Captain Martin Bora Mysteries), I couldn't wait to read this. When we first met Bora in "Lumen", the Germans had just invaded Poland. Much has passed since then and our Major has spent time in Russia before being sent to Italy to fight the partisans. It is 1943 and Italy is divided - the North is controlled by the Fascists and the South has been liberated by the Allied forces. Having survived Stalingrad, Bora has just been injured in Italy and has lost his left hand, as well as suffering other injuries. Added to the doubts he is still having about his marriage and it is fair to say that he is a much more battle weary soldier this time around.

Despite his injuries, he is asked to look into the murder of a local fascist, Vittorio Lisi. Unwilling and in pain, he is not keen to get involved, but eventually becomes involved in the investigation. Like "Lumen", Bora has a local confidante to aid him - in this novel it is Inspector Sandro Guidi. The problem is, that the chief suspect in Lisi's murder is his beautiful young wife, Clara, and Guidi is unable to be unbiased when he falls for her charms... There is a very chilling moment when the radio has an announcement that all Jews are to be "arrested and interned in concentration camps" and Guidi has a "glum lack of interest" while his mother does not react at all, suggesting that the actual reaction of apathy from the majority of people at that time was more damaging that those actually involved in the slaughter.

This is another wonderful mystery, with an exciting historical setting and sympathetic characters.
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Once started could not put down read all three in five days. Loved the character bora caught between duty ,loyalty and faith. Want to read the other books in the series to see how he fares
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