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Black Ice [Paperback]

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Item description for Black Ice by Hans Werner Kettenbach & Anthea Bell...

"A natural storyteller who, just like Patricia Highsmith, is interested in teasing out the catastrophes that result from the banal coincidences of daily life."-Weltwoche

When Erika, an attractive local heiress, falls to her death near her lakeside villa, the police conclude it was a tragic accident. Scholten, a longtime employee of Erika's, isn't so sure. He knows a thing or two about the state of her marriage and suspects an almost perfect crime. Scholten's maverick investigation into the odd, inexplicable details of the death scene soon buys him a ticket for a most dangerous ride.

This beautifully crafted thriller, set in a European world of small-town hypocrisy, was a bestseller made into the film Glatteis.

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Pages   334
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN  1904738087  
ISBN13  9781904738084  

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More About Hans Werner Kettenbach & Anthea Bell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kettenbach is 75 and still writing. He published his first novel age 50 and his most recent one in May 04. In all Kettenbach has produced twelve works of fiction of which five, including Black Ice, were made into films.Previous jobs he has held include court stenographer,football journalist, foreign correspondent and newspaper editor.

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fabulous German thriller  Feb 1, 2006
Everyone is shocked to learn that the highly regarded heiress Erika Wallmann fell down the steps in her lakeside home and died. The police, knowing how popular Erika has been due to her good deeds, investigate carefully. Some hints at suicide surface, but that and foul play are not proven; instead the cause of death is a tragic accident.

Fifty-eight years old Jupp Scholten worked for Erika's father for years at Kottgen Civil Engineering Contractors, but recently her husband Kurt took over running the firm. Jupp dislikes his pompous new boss who he believes is nothing like his previous employer. Soon after the funeral, Jupp hears disturbing rumors that Kurt is sleeping with his secretary leaving the clerk to wonder how this sleaze can hop into another woman's bed while mourning his loss. He postulates how Kurt could have killed Erika leaving no clues that homicide occurred. As he develops his homicide theory, instead of immediately explaining to the cops what he affirms happened, Jupp wonders if he could duplicate the murder with his nagging wife Hilde as the victim.

BLACK ICE is a terrific translation of a fabulous German thriller that grips the audience with an apparent hero starring as a stumbling amateur sleuth, but soon takes a dark psychological spin that leaves the audience to ponder whether Scholten will rid himself of his wife in a copy cat murder. Readers realize immediately that Jupp is unhappy with his bitter lemon personal life that is cleverly interwoven with his inquiries and conceptual contemplations; for instance using hookers for sexual release. Fans in one sitting will want to know whether his hatred for Hilde proves enough for him to kill her, expose Kurt, or something else.

Harriet Klausner

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