Armand Cabasson; Isabel Reid (translator)
Gallic, Jun 10 2014, $15.95
In 1809, the French and Austrian armies battle near the Danube with both sides suffering heavy losses. Austrian Luise Mitterberg asks French Captain Quentin Margont to search for missing sixteen year old orphan Wilhelm Gurtz. He searches for the teen until his corpse is found; someone murdered the lad and mutilated his face to make it look like a smile.
Lieutenant Lukas Relmyer already struggles with returning to a place where he and another orphan Franz were kidnapped four years ago; he escaped but his friend was murdered. Now the Gurtz killing is identical to the Franz homicide. Though he accepts solving these brutal murders will prove near impossible with so many deaths nearby, Margont teams up with Mitterberg, and Relmyer in a quest to end a serial killer’s reign of terror.
The second Grande Armee Napoleonic Murders (see The Officer’s Prey) is an excellent historical mystery as Armand Cabasson cleverly uses the fog of Napoleonic Era war to conceal a predator’s beastly murders. The exciting investigation is made stronger by the backdrop as the hero and his two teams hunt a deadly wolf probably in soldier’s clothing.