Munich, in the late thirties, the first years of fascism: young women are being found, abused and murdered. Josef Kalteis has been arrested, but is he really responsible for all those misdeeds? Did they execute the wrong one while the murderer is still on the loose? And naive Kathie, newly arrived from her sheltered village, is in danger...
Munich, in the late thirties, the first years of fascism - the last before the war: Kathie is desperate to leave her sheltered village life and sets out for the city, determined that she'll get by, one way or another. She is dark-haired, buxom and pretty, like the women who recently disappeared without a trace.
Young women are being found around Munich, abused and murdered. Josef Kalteis has been arrested, but is he really responsible for all those misdeeds? Did they execute the wrong one while the murderer is still on the loose?
Spellbound by the magnetizing story of the dead women, the reader follows young Kathie. Somewhere in between her naive search for luck and existential concerns, occasional prostitution and the desire for true love, she is in grave danger.
Andrea Maria Schenkel has again created a novel based on real events, in which the story is told through several voices and documentation, including interrogation logs, witness statements and the dark thoughts within the murderer's mind.
Andrea Maria Schenkel lives near Regensburg in Bavaria. Her first two novels, The Murder Farm and Ice Cold, both also published by Quercus in the UK, won first place in the German Crime Prize in consecutive years - making Schenkel the first author to achieve this. The Murder Farm has gone on to become a phenomenal bestseller, as has Ice Cold.