Author(s): Oliver Bottini
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
We've had a plethora of Scandinavian crime fiction available in English translation; a bit out of France, Spain and Italy, but not much out of Germany. Oliver Bottini is set to change that with his Black Forest Investigation series. Chief Inspector Louise Boni is at a difficult period in her life. Things are starting to unravel professionally and personally. The intrigue is set up when she is sent to investigate a Japanese monk wandering through the snowy landscape of southern Germany.
Her encounter with the monk is unusual. He is serene, as you would expect, but deeply troubled. There is an indication that they may be being followed. With its wonderfully flawed characters and the freshness of its German slant, this is an excellent crime novel. David
Tension without brutality, local colour without small-minded sentimentality, good, intelligent reading with depth * 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 * Tension without brutality, local colour without small-minded sentimentality, good intelligent reading with depth. -- Christine Hage * Handelsblatt * 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 * It's been a long time since any crime author started out so strongly, so visually. -- Tobias Gohlis * Die Zeit * An exceptional crime novel. -- Kolja Mensing * TAZ *
Oliver Bottini was 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. www.bottini.de.