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“Be very careful, sir!” the young officer warned. “Colonel Lavedrine is a guest of this house, and this nation. I can hardly believe that any Prussian would be so foolhardy to doubt his word. Every man in Paris has heard of his capacities. I see no reason why this Professor Kant of yours should not have heard of them, too.”

Lavedrine sat back in his seat, a thin smile on his lips, stroking his chin with his thumb and forefinger. He seemed to be scrutinizing me, curious to hear what my reply would be.

“If Colonel Lavedrine can prove the truth of what he says,” I returned, glancing between my accuser and the man I had accused, “I will apologize with all my heart. And if that apology does not satisfy him,” I added, leaning back in my chair, shrugging my shoulder, “the prison cells are waiting for Prussians such as me, who are obliged to have guests such as you!”

I suddenly realized that the room was silent.

 

It is 1807 and Napoleons army has swept over Prussia, leaving in its wake a conquered land occupied by the French. Local magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis has retreated to his home in the countryside in the hopes that he can keep himself away from the scrutiny of the occupying forces. But when Serge Lavedrine, Pariss famed criminologist, requires his services, Stiffeniis has little choice but to accept.

Three children have been found massacred in their beds. Their mother has disappeared without a trace. Terrified by the gruesome murders, the local townspeople have become convinced that the crimes are the work of the local Jewish population. The ghetto has been closed off, but the crowds gathered in the streets are desperate for justice of any kind. The French authorities want nothing more than a quick resolution and an end to the hysteria that has gripped the town.

Stiffeniis has his own reasons for accepting the case. The victims father serves as a soldier in remote Kamentz, where the resistance to Napoleons occupation is already developing. If Stiffeniis cannot discover the whereabouts of the mother and the identity of the murderer in time, he risks exposing the Prussian rebellion to the French before it has the strength to succeed. To succeed he must once again put to use the powers of deduction learned from his late teacher, the famed philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Michael Gregorios internationally bestselling debut, Critique of Criminal Reason, was hailed by critics across the world and named one of Playboys Best Books of 2006. Now its sequel, Days of Atonement, marks the thrilling return of one the most talented new voices in historical fiction.

 

MICHAEL GREGORIO is the pen name of Michael G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio. She teaches philosophy; he teaches English. They live in Spoleto, Italy. Michael Gregorio was awarded the Umbria del Cuore prize in 2007. You can visit them at www.michaelgregorio.it or www.michaelgregorio.info.

“Be very careful, sir!” the young officer warned. “Colonel Lavedrine is a guest of this house, and this nation. I can hardly believe that any Prussian would be so foolhardy to doubt his word. Every man in Paris has heard of his capacities. I see no reason why this Professor Kant of yours should not have heard of them, too.”

Lavedrine sat back in his seat, a thin smile on his lips, stroking his chin with his thumb and forefinger. He seemed to be scrutinizing me, curious to hear what my reply would be.

“If Colonel Lavedrine can prove the truth of what he says,” I returned, glancing between my accuser and the man I had accused, “I will apologize with all my heart. And if that apology does not satisfy him,” I added, leaning back in my chair, shrugging my shoulder, “the prison cells are waiting for Prussians such as me, who are obliged to have guests such as you!”

I suddenly realized that the room was silent.

 

It is 1807 and Napoleons army has swept over Prussia, leaving in its wake a conquered land occupied by the French. Local magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis has retreated to his home in the countryside in the hopes that he can keep himself away from the scrutiny of the occupying forces. But when Serge Lavedrine, Pariss famed criminologist, requires his services, Stiffeniis has little choice but to accept.

Three children have been found massacred in their beds. Their mother has disappeared without a trace. Terrified by the gruesome murders, the local townspeople have become convinced that the crimes are the work of the local Jewish population. The ghetto has been closed off, but the crowds gathered in the streets are desperate for justice of any kind. The French authorities want nothing more than a quick resolution and an end to the hysteria that has gripped the town.

Stiffeniis has his own reasons for accepting the case. The victims father serves as a soldier in remote Kamentz, where the resistance to Napoleons occupation is already developing. If Stiffeniis cannot discover the whereabouts of the mother and the identity of the murderer in time, he risks exposing the Prussian rebellion to the French before it has the strength to succeed. To succeed he must once again put to use the powers of deduction learned from his late teacher, the famed philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Michael Gregorios internationally bestselling debut, Critique of Criminal Reason, was hailed by critics across the world and named one of Playboys Best Books of 2006. Now its sequel, Days of Atonement, marks the thrilling return of one the most talented new voices in historical fiction.

 

Praise for Critique of Criminal Reason

Critique of Criminal Reason is a marvellous highbrow thriller.”---C. J. Sansom, author of Sovereign

“One of those literary thrillers that come along every year or two to provide both intellectual and visceral pleasures for readers who neither move their lips nor fear weighty concepts.”---The Washington Post

“Readers who seek substance along with thrills in their mystery reading will enjoy Critique of Criminal Reason.”---The Houston Chronicle

“Admirers of quality intellectual fiction should embrace this book, with its pitch-perfect period detail and psychologically complex protagonist.”---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An interesting historical thriller.”---The Chicago Tribune

“Sherlock Holmes himself would struggle to keep up with the master sleuth Gregorio brings to life.”---Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"A few years after the traumatic events in Critique of Criminal Reason (2006), Napoleon Bonaparte's troops still occupy Prussia in Gregorio's outstanding second historical. The residents of Lotingen who haven't fled their homes, including magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis and his family, live in a constant state of fear. A chance encounter at a formal dinner with Colonel Lavedrine — a French officer interested in criminology — leads Stiffeniis, who learned a novel approach to criminal investigation from legendary philosopher Immanuel Kant in Critique, to look into the gruesome murder of the three small children of Prussian Maj. Bruno Gottewald and the disappearance of his wife. When Stiffeniis travels to the military garrison where Gottewald is posted to inform him of his loss, the sleuth finds that the major has also been killed. Gregorio again demonstrates a rare gift for constructing a compelling whodunit rich with the kinds of psychological insights typical of the work of such contemporary crime masters as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters. Readers will race through the pages to reach the solution." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Napoleon's army has swept over Prussia, leaving in its wake a conquered land occupied by the French, in this superb sequel to the acclaimed "Critique of Criminal Reason. Days of Atonement" continues Gregorio's inimitable and enthralling historical mystery series.

Synopsis:

“Be very careful, sir!” the young officer warned. “Colonel Lavedrine is a guest of this house, and this nation. I can hardly believe that any Prussian would be so foolhardy to doubt his word. Every man in Paris has heard of his capacities. I see no reason why this Professor Kant of yours should not have heard of them, too.”

Lavedrine sat back in his seat, a thin smile on his lips, stroking his chin with his thumb and forefinger. He seemed to be scrutinizing me, curious to hear what my reply would be.

“If Colonel Lavedrine can prove the truth of what he says,” I returned, glancing between my accuser and the man I had accused, “I will apologize with all my heart. And if that apology does not satisfy him,” I added, leaning back in my chair, shrugging my shoulder, “the prison cells are waiting for Prussians such as me, who are obliged to have guests such as you!”

I suddenly realized that the room was silent.

 

It is 1807 and Napoleons army has swept over Prussia, leaving in its wake a conquered land occupied by the French. Local magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis has retreated to his home in the countryside in the hopes that he can keep himself away from the scrutiny of the occupying forces. But when Serge Lavedrine, Pariss famed criminologist, requires his services, Stiffeniis has little choice but to accept.

Three children have been found massacred in their beds. Their mother has disappeared without a trace. Terrified by the gruesome murders, the local townspeople have become convinced that the crimes are the work of the local Jewish population. The ghetto has been closed off, but the crowds gathered in the streets are desperate for justice of any kind. The French authorities want nothing more than a quick resolution and an end to the hysteria that has gripped the town.

Stiffeniis has his own reasons for accepting the case. The victims father serves as a soldier in remote Kamentz, where the resistance to Napoleons occupation is already developing. If Stiffeniis cannot discover the whereabouts of the mother and the identity of the murderer in time, he risks exposing the Prussian rebellion to the French before it has the strength to succeed. To succeed he must once again put to use the powers of deduction learned from his late teacher, the famed philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Michael Gregorios internationally bestselling debut, Critique of Criminal Reason, was hailed by critics across the world and named one of Playboys Best Books of 2006. Now its sequel, Days of Atonement, marks the thrilling return of one the most talented new voices in historical fiction.

 

About the Author

MICHAEL GREGORIO is the pen name of Michael G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio. She teaches philosophy; he teaches English. They live in Spoleto, Italy. Michael Gregorio was awarded the Umbria del Cuore prize in 2007.

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The crime is horrific. It takes an unlikely team of a Prussian magistrate and a French criminologist to solve the murders while they learn to work together in the tense atmosphere of French-occupied Prussia. A great sequel to the "Critique of Criminal Reason."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312376444
Subtitle:
A Mystery
Author:
Gregorio, Michael
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A few years after the traumatic events in Critique of Criminal Reason (2006), Napoleon Bonaparte's troops still occupy Prussia in Gregorio's outstanding second historical. The residents of Lotingen who haven't fled their homes, including magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis and his family, live in a constant state of fear. A chance encounter at a formal dinner with Colonel Lavedrine — a French officer interested in criminology — leads Stiffeniis, who learned a novel approach to criminal investigation from legendary philosopher Immanuel Kant in Critique, to look into the gruesome murder of the three small children of Prussian Maj. Bruno Gottewald and the disappearance of his wife. When Stiffeniis travels to the military garrison where Gottewald is posted to inform him of his loss, the sleuth finds that the major has also been killed. Gregorio again demonstrates a rare gift for constructing a compelling whodunit rich with the kinds of psychological insights typical of the work of such contemporary crime masters as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters. Readers will race through the pages to reach the solution." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Napoleon's army has swept over Prussia, leaving in its wake a conquered land occupied by the French, in this superb sequel to the acclaimed "Critique of Criminal Reason. Days of Atonement" continues Gregorio's inimitable and enthralling historical mystery series.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Be very careful, sir!” the young officer warned. “Colonel Lavedrine is a guest of this house, and this nation. I can hardly believe that any Prussian would be so foolhardy to doubt his word. Every man in Paris has heard of his capacities. I see no reason why this Professor Kant of yours should not have heard of them, too.”

Lavedrine sat back in his seat, a thin smile on his lips, stroking his chin with his thumb and forefinger. He seemed to be scrutinizing me, curious to hear what my reply would be.

“If Colonel Lavedrine can prove the truth of what he says,” I returned, glancing between my accuser and the man I had accused, “I will apologize with all my heart. And if that apology does not satisfy him,” I added, leaning back in my chair, shrugging my shoulder, “the prison cells are waiting for Prussians such as me, who are obliged to have guests such as you!”

I suddenly realized that the room was silent.

 

It is 1807 and Napoleons army has swept over Prussia, leaving in its wake a conquered land occupied by the French. Local magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis has retreated to his home in the countryside in the hopes that he can keep himself away from the scrutiny of the occupying forces. But when Serge Lavedrine, Pariss famed criminologist, requires his services, Stiffeniis has little choice but to accept.

Three children have been found massacred in their beds. Their mother has disappeared without a trace. Terrified by the gruesome murders, the local townspeople have become convinced that the crimes are the work of the local Jewish population. The ghetto has been closed off, but the crowds gathered in the streets are desperate for justice of any kind. The French authorities want nothing more than a quick resolution and an end to the hysteria that has gripped the town.

Stiffeniis has his own reasons for accepting the case. The victims father serves as a soldier in remote Kamentz, where the resistance to Napoleons occupation is already developing. If Stiffeniis cannot discover the whereabouts of the mother and the identity of the murderer in time, he risks exposing the Prussian rebellion to the French before it has the strength to succeed. To succeed he must once again put to use the powers of deduction learned from his late teacher, the famed philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Michael Gregorios internationally bestselling debut, Critique of Criminal Reason, was hailed by critics across the world and named one of Playboys Best Books of 2006. Now its sequel, Days of Atonement, marks the thrilling return of one the most talented new voices in historical fiction.

 

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