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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  1. Sounds like a family with lots of secrets. I savor books with hidden aspects. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “NOT A SOUND”

    1. I know…love it!

  2. This looks intense. I’m not sure it’s for me, but the opening makes me want to read more to find out!

    1. I hope so. I often find Nordic noir intense so who knows about German crime….my one foray so far was quite tame.

  3. Not so sure about the torture – but I’d read on a bit more to make sure.

    1. I know what you mean but I am intrigued…and I’ve read worse!

  4. A very atmospheric opening. You just know something bad will be discovered. Hope you enjoy the read.

    1. Me too – new to me author but good reviews on good reads.

  5. That opening paragraph hints at a dark and disturbing tale. I’d read on for a bit more.

    1. I think it will be both…just what I like!

  6. Sounds like something straight from a crime documentary. Color me intrigued 🙂

  7. I’d read more, sounds like a good one.

    1. I hope so!

  8. Brilliant writing – but I’m too much of a wuss to want to continue…

    1. I thought it was good…you could be brave!

      1. Um… I think I’ll wait until I’m not feeling quite so stressed and unwell!

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