Lumen

Author: Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 1904738699
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"Pastor's plot is well crafted, her prose sharp. . . . A disturbing mix of detection and reflection."—Publishers Weekly "A mystery, it rivets the reader until the end and beyond, with its twist of historical realities. A historical piece, it faithfully reproduces the grim canvas of war. A character study, it captures the thoughts and actions of real people, not stereotypes."—The Free Lance-Star Part wartime political intrigue, detective story, psychological thriller, and religious mystery, Ben Pastor's debut follows a German army captain and a Chicago priest as they investigate the death of a nun in Nazi-occupied Poland. In October 1939 Captain Martin Bora discovers the abbess, Mother Kazimierza, shot dead in her convent garden. Her alleged power to see the future has brought her a devoted following; her work and motto, "Lumen Christi Adiuva Nos" ("Light of Christ, help us"), appear also to have brought some enemies. Father Malecki has come to Cracow, at the pope's bidding, to investigate Mother Kazimierza's powers. The Vatican orders him to stay and assist Bora in the inquiry into her killing. Stunned by the violence of the occupation and the ideology of his colleagues, Bora's sense of Prussian duty is tested to the breaking point. The interference of seductive actress Ewa Kowalska does not help matters. Ben Pastor, born in Italy, has lived for thirty years in the United States, working as a university professor in Vermont. She is the author of other novels, including The Water Thief and The Fire Walker (St. Martin's Press).

A Dark Song Of Blood

Author: Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 1908524316
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Praise for the Martin Bora series: "The tone of Liar Moon has a flu-like grimness, appropriate the 1943 setting. Pastor is excellent at providing details (silk stockings, movie magazines, cigarettes) that light up the setting."—Booklist "Lumen's plot is well crafted, her prose shap . . . a disturbing mix of detection and reflection."—Publisher's Weekly Rome, 1944. While the Allies are fighting their way up the Italian peninsula, Rome lives the last days of Nazi occupation. Their world is falling apart as the German Army, the Gestapo, and the SS vie for power while holding glittering and debauched parties. But this is also a time of Italian partisan attacks, arrests, and mass executions, all to the sound of Allied artillery bombardment just outside the walls of the city. Baron Martin von Bora, an officer in the Wehrmacht, has the complex and delicate task of solving not one, but three murders. A young German embassy secretary has "accidentally" fallen to her death from a fourth-floor window, and a Roman society lady and a headstrong cardinal of the Roman Curia are found dead in her apartment. The cardinal is personally known to Bora and, like the officer, secretly active in the resistance against the Third Reich. With Italian police inspector Sandro Guidi at his side, Bora sets off to establish the truth. Different as they are, the two men confront crime, war, and dictatorship in the awareness that the dignity of man comes at a price beyond all imagination.

Tin Sky

Author: Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 1908524529
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FOURTH IN THE MARTIN BORA SERIES. SPELLBINDING MULTI-LAYERED CRIME NOVEL SET IN UKRAINE AS THE GERMANS REGROUP AFTER THE DISASTER OF STALINGRAD. FOR FANS OF PHILLIP KERR (BERNIE GUNTHER SERIES), ALAN FURST (SPIES OF THE BALKANS). THE HERO, MAJOR MARTIN BORA, IS AN ARISTOCRATIC GERMAN OFFICER OF THE ILK OF CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG, TORN BETWEEN HIS DUTY AS AN OFFICER AND HIS INTEGRITY AS A HUMAN BEING. Ukraine, 1943. Having barely escaped the inferno of Stalingrad, Major Martin Bora is serving on the Russian front as a German counterintelligence officer. Weariness, disillusionment, and battle fatigue are a soldier’s daily fare, yet Bora seems to be one of the few whose sanity is not marred by the horrors of war. As the Wehrmacht prepare for the Kursk counter-offensive, a Russian general defects aboard a T-34, the most advanced tank of the war. Soon he and another general, this one previously captured, are found dead in their cells. Everything appears to exclude the likelihood of foul play, but Bora begins an investigation, in a stubborn attempt to solve a mystery that will come much too close to home.

Liar Moon

Author: Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 1904738826
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In the midst of World War II, Wehrmacht Major Marin Bora investigates the murder of a local Fascist, a case in which the deceased's widow is the prime suspect, while at the same time police inspector Sandro Guidi pursues a serial killer.

Die Tutoren

Author: Bora Cosic
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ISBN: 9783895615870
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Der Tr Mmerm Rder

Author: Cay Rademacher
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 3832186409
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Kommissar Staves erster Fall Hamburg 1947: Die Stadt liegt in Trümmern, und es ist einer der kältesten Winter des Jahrhunderts. Die Menschen versuchen irgendwie zu überleben. Da wird mitten in der Trümmerlandschaft eine Leiche entdeckt: eine junge Frau, nackt, kein Hinweis auf den Mörder. Oberinspektor Stave hat kaum Hoffnung, den Fall aufzuklären, auch wenn ihm Lothar Maschke von der Sitte und Lieutenant MacDonald von der britischen Verwaltung zur Seite gestellt werden. Bald werden weitere Tote entdeckt, und Stave ist für jede Hilfe dankbar, die er auf der Suche nach einem grausamen Mörder bekommt. Cay Rademacher lässt in einem hochspannenden authentischen Kriminalfall das Hamburg des Hungerwinters 1946/47 lebendig werden.

Der Rote Sarg

Author: Sam Eastland
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426418010
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Moskau 1939: Oberst Nagorski ist unter mysteriösen Umständen ums Leben gekommen. Der Ingenieur war für Stalins wichtigstes Projekt verantwortlich – den neuen, hochgeheimen Panzer T-34, von Spöttern auch »der rote Sarg« genannt. Der Diktator glaubt an Sabotage und vermutet, dass die »Weiße Gilde« Nagorski ermordet hat. Sonderermittler Pekkala erhält den Auftrag, die Verschwörer aufzuspüren – eine lebensgefährliche Mission. Denn niemand weiß, ob es die Gruppe überhaupt gibt. Der Krimi "Der rote Sarg" ist Band 2 der Inspektor-Pekkala-Serie von Sam Eastland!