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by MacLehose Press, 11 January 2018. ISBN 978 0 85705 735 8
by Jamie Bulloch
Louise Boni is a Chief Inspector in
the Black Forest crime squad.But, as is
the case with many female police characters in current crime fiction, she is
struggling with personal problems:the
ghosts of past cases, a divorce, her parents, and alcohol to list a few.The action starts on a snowy Saturday in Liebau
when Johann Hollerer, one of Boni’s colleagues, looks out at the High Street and
watches a Japanese monk walk towards the Church.His presence is causing a mild sensation and
Hollerer realises that he must do something for the monk’s own protection.Louise gets called in and sets off to find
the monk …. She catches up with him, but this is not the end of the trail,
which crosses European borders and, ultimately, leads to death and discovery
and, maybe, to help for Louise.This is
a sad and serious story, its measured and contemplative moments perhaps
reflecting the Buddhist element.
Bottini is a well-known krimi (crime fiction) author in Germany and this is a
translation from the original German.The impression is that the translator, Jamie Bulloch, has grasped the
essence of the novel, its nuances and pace. Four of the author’s novels, including this
one, have been awarded the Deutscher Krimipreis, Germany's most prestigious
award for crime writing and this book is on the long list for the CWA
International Dagger (which is for crime novels not originally written in
English, but translated into English for publication).
Reviewer: Jo Hesslewood
books (English translations) by this author:A Summer of Murder
Oliver Bottiniwas born in 1965. Four of his
novels, including Zen and the Art of Murder and A Summer of Murder
of the Black Forest Investigations have been awarded the Deutscher Krimipreis,
Germany’s most prestigious award for crime writing. In addition, his novels
have been awarded the Stuttgarter Krimipreis and the Berliner Krimipreis. He
lives in Berlin.
Jo Hesslewood. Crime
fiction has been my favourite reading material since as a teenager I first
spotted Agatha Christie on the library bookshelves.For twenty-five years the commute to and from
London provided plenty of reading time.I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my local crime fiction book
club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop .I enjoy attending crime fiction events and
currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.