A case for Louise Boni - the first of the Black Forest Investigations
Louise Boni, chief inspector with the Black Forest crime squad, is struggling with her demons. Divorced at forty-two, she is haunted by the shadows of the past. Dreading yet another a dreary winter weekend alone, she receives a call from the departmental chief which signals the strangest assignment of her career - to trail a Japanese monk wandering through the snowy wasteland to the east of Freiburg, dressed only in sandals and a cowl. She sets of reluctantly, and by the time she catches up with him, she discovers that he is injured, and fearfully fleeing some unknown evil. Her investigations uncover a hideous ring of child traffickers, and the repercussions of their crimes will change the course of her own life.
Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch
An exceptional crime novel. — Kolja Mensing, TAZ
It's been a long time since any crime author started out so strongly, so visually. — Tobias Gohlis, Die Zeit
Oliver Bottini, one of the few German authors who play in crime-writing's premier league, really knows how to tell a good story. — Frankfurter Rundschau
Tension without brutality, local colour without small-minded sentimentality, good intelligent reading with depth. — Christine Hage, Handelsblatt
A piercing examination of our reality . . . Bottini uses the full potential of the genre to look deep into humanity's abyss and sees there the concealed traumas of German society — Tomasz Kurianowicz, Die Zeit
Gripping. — Tatler.
The first of his award-winning Black Forest novels to appear in English. It has an arresting opening image: a Buddhist monk with a head injury strides across the snowy landscape of the border country between Germany and France . . . a surprising and genuinely shocking case. — Joan Smith, The Sunday Times