Tuesday intro: Dead Calm by Inge Lohnig

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading Dead Calm by Inge Lonig, which is due out in a week or so and sounds right up my street.  It’s a German translation (if I’ve got my facts right), which I’ve only read one of before, so looking forward to it for this also. Here’s what it’s about…

51NLOhDy8bLWhen the body of a retired paediatrician is discovered in his weekend house on Lake Starnberg, it seems clear that his death was the result of a robbery gone wrong. But as Inspector Konstantin Dühnfort starts to investigate and details of how the man met his death are revealed, an altogether murkier series of events begins to emerge – one of torture, betrayal and cruelty, of complex sibling relationships and toxic parental ambition. With a family ripping at the seams, will Dühnfort be able to uncover what really happened?

And here’s how it starts…


Beneath the narrow steps leading down to the basement was a space that had once stored coal.  Black dust still clung in nooks and crannies, but it was so nearly dark that the boy, huddled on a pile of old blankets and curtains, couldn’t see it.  Instead he smelled the greasy odour.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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