Black Ice

Black Ice

Book - 2005
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"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 .

In 2009 Hans Werner Kettenbach won the Glauser award (Germany's most prestigious crime writing prize) for lifetime literary achievement.

Publisher: London : Bitter Lemon Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781904738084
Branch Call Number: F KET NVD


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Jan 10, 2012

The story’s a bit thin but it goes along fine until about 75% through when the storyline gets quite silly and very difficult to relate to; I would not read another of his books and I have no idea about where one UK reviewer might have gotten the idea that the book is “a deadpan little gem of a book”.

Nov 17, 2011

A well-liked owner of a large company meets her death in a strange accident. Is it truly a happenstance of factors or was this a planned murder by her unfaithful husband? Now that he is fantastically wealthy and free to indulge in his affairs he seems a likely killer. Employee Jupp Scholten is certain of that and obsesses about how the murder may have been accomplished.


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Jul 15, 2011

People thought it was an accident....It wasn't suicide either.

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