Salamander Author:J. Robert Janes Lyon, 1942. Two days before Christmas, a cinema is set on fire and one hundred and eighty-three Frenchman, women and children die in the blaze. The investigative team of St-Cyr of the Surete and Kohler of the Gestapo is dispatched to catch the arsonist. These two policemen, both decent men, have been paired by their superiors to fight common ... more »crime in a time when officially-sanctioned crime on a grand scale is ignored. Kohler, a former Munich detective, carried their guns but is only supposed to let St-Cyr have his when there is immediate danger. St-Cry, a French patriot, tries to protect his countrymen from the Occupiers while he is investigating ?ordinary? crimes, but since the Gestapo is in charge of all policy matters, he must tread a fine line.
The firebug has been given the name of Salamander. To uncover his (or her) identity, the team must solve several further murders, overcoming obstacles erected not only by Gestapo Headquarters in Berlin but by the Bishop of Lyon, members of the local Establishment and by the notorious Klaus Barbie.« less