Zen and the Art of Murder: A Black Forest Investigation I
||Zen and the Art of Murder: A Black Forest Investigation I
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 off 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.
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An exceptional crime novel. TAZ
It's been a long time since any crime author started out so strongly, so visually. 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. Handelsblatt