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Dollmaker (A St. Cyr & Kohler mystery) Paperback – 4 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752827103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752827100
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,723,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. Robert Janes was born in Toronto and now lives in Ontario. A mining engineer and geologist by profession, Janes has also worked as a teacher and lecturer. Since becoming a full time writer in 1970, he has written over twenty books including novels for children and adults and a number of textbooks.

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There are about 10 St-Cyr & Kohler thrillers; all set in Occupied France (WW2). St-Cyr is a Parisian flic with the Surete whilst Kohler is a Gestapo officer, albeit an anti-Nazi one (the criminal police was taken over by the SS), assigned to work on French "ordinary crime". This tale is about the murder of a Breton shopkeeper which the Occupiers must have cleared up quickly as a U-boat Kapitan is the prime suspect. An intricate plot unfolds with the added complication of high Nazi politics, Resistance activity, RAF bombings amongst other things. This is a great series well worth a try - they are not intellectual novels but quite clever and thought-provoking.
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By MW - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the worst novel I've read in a long time. Terrible pacing, one-dimensional characters who blur into each other, not much mystery/suspense, lots and lots of exposition (often crammed into dialogue -- oh, and unbelievable dialogue)... with plenty of cliches and repetition (especially of French curses) to fill the pages. I also found two grammatical errors in my copy, and only one had the possibility of being a typesetting error.

Considering how little (in English, at least) profanity there is -- probably because the author has trouble making it sound anything but painfully forced -- I was surprised by the rampant misogyny (see: "loose" women, and crimes of a specific nature committed against women) throughout, and more and more strongly suspected the writer was EITHER (1) a very old man quite out of touch with the world, maybe because he has worked as a college researcher or professor (definitely NOT of any subject that would involve writing, of course) his entire life, OR (2) a woman (named Jane Roberts, perhaps?) trying too hard to write like a man.

I looked Janes up while writing this review, and it seems my first guess was correct.

I never leave a book unfinished, but I regret having picked up and wasted time reading this awful novel.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c8b83a8) out of 5 stars Great book 5 April 2009
By Anna R. Brown - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love the St. Cyr/Kohler mysteries, and The Dollmaker is no exception. I do wish the author would continue the series as his books are really quite addictive.
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