No protagonist. No detective. Nothing between killer, victim - and reader. The new historicalcrime thriller from the unmatched European sensation.
Bavaria, Germany, 1947.
At the end of the war, Afra Zauner returns to her parents' cottage on the edge of Mauther Forest. Unmarried, and pregnant. As she struggles to raise her child, her father's shame, her mother's fury and the loud whispers of the neighbours begin to weigh upon her. She doesn't believe in her sin. But everyone else does.
And someone brings judgement down upon her.
Many years later, Hermann Muller is throwing a drunk out of his tavern. A traveller, who won't stop ranting about a murder left unsolved, about police who never investigated. Out of curiousity, the file is reopened. And in the cold light of hindsight, a chilling realisation creeps upon the community.
No-one ever atoned for Afra's death. But her story is waiting to be told.
Andrea Maria Schenkel returns to the form of her groundbreaking The Murder Farm, narrating through suspects, victims and investigators to lead the reader to their own awful understanding.
'Packs a lingering punch . . . Dark Meadow, in its evocative descriptions of postwar life in a
German village, in its lack of sentimentality, pathos or melodrama, is a bleakly real portrait of
injustice' - Observer, Thriller of the Month
'A superior slice of German noir. Examines the German conscience, as if searching for the
psyche behind the Nazi monstrosities . . . Schenkel can be considered as a deeply serious
writer. Though her books are short, the impact they achieve undoubtedly merit this status' - Independent
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.