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The hair stands up on the back of my neck and I get an age-old feeling in my belly. Like there's a fight ahead. Like something's really about to go off...



After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster's crown jewels, the career of Hamburg's most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital - almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles - Chastity's instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in.



Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany's bestselling authors.



`Stripped back in style and deadpan in voice, Blue Night is a scintillating romp around the German criminal underworld and back' Doug Johnston, The Big Issue



'By turns lyrical and pithy, this adventure set in the melting pot of contemporary Hamburg has a plot and a sensibility that both owe something to mind-altering substances. Lots of fun' Times Crime Club



`A must-read, stylish and highly original take on the detective novel, written with great skill and popping with great characters' Judith O'Reilly, author of Killing State



'Constantly surprising, Blue Night is an original, firecracker of a read' Liz Robinson



`If Philip Marlowe and Bernie Gunther had a literary love child, it might just explain Chastity Riley - Simone Buchholz's tough, acerbic, utterly engaging central character' William Ryan

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 28/02/2018 ISBN-13: 9781912374014  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the second Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son. Follow Simone on Twitter @ohneKlippo and visit her website: simonebuchholz.com Rachel Ward is a freelance translator of literary and creative texts from German and French to English. Having always been an avid reader and enjoyed word games and puzzles, she discovered a flair for languages at school and went on to study modern languages at the University of East Anglia. She spent the third year working as a language assistant at two grammar schools in Saaebrucken, Germany. During her final year, she realised that she wanted to put these skills and passions to use professionally and applied for UEA's MA in Literary Translation, which she completed in 2002. Her published translations include Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang and Red Rage by Brigitte Blobel, and she is a Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Follow Rachel on Twitter @FwdTranslations, on her blog www.adiscounttickettoeverywhere.wordpress.com and on her website www.forwardtranslations.co.uk

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"Blue Night" written by Simone Bucholtz and excellently translated by Rachel Ward is my first foray into German Noir and I can unequivocally say it won't be my last! This is apparently the first in the Chastity Riley series and is in my opinion the starting blocks for a fantastic and exciting series of intriguing stories set in Germany. The career of Hamburg's most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive, she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital - almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles - Chastity's instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of intelligence she finds herself on the trail to Leipzig and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg's Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley's dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived. Riley is a bit of an enigma who drinks and smokes too much but I couldn't help liking and admiring her and her devoted loyalty to her friends and job. There's quite an eclectic mix of flawed characters in the story too that have been well created and are starting to develop nicely ready for the oncoming series. A little bit of extra attention maybe required to get accustomed the unique narrative and dialogue and the switching of the time lines but is well worth the rewards. This is a very enjoyable read that packs a punch in quite a short space of reading time. I understand that "Blue Night" is doing exceedingly well in its home country and understandably so, I suspect it will also be just as successful here in the U.K. too. It's a tremendously written and ingenious story with an intriguing and powerful prologue and an ending I truly loved. I highly recommend that you discover for yourself this brilliant piece of German Noir and very talented author, I will without doubt be excitedly anticipating the next book with bated breath.

- 26/02/2018
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