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Archiv: Thriller


  1. Keigo Higashino: Unter der Mitternachtssonne
  2. Ray Celestin: Höllenjazz in New Orleans
  3. Laura Lippman: Sunburn
  4. Jordan Harper: Die Rache der Polly McClusky
  5. Hannah Tinti: Die zwölf Leben des Samuel Hawley
  6. Iori Fujiwara: Der Sonnenschirm des Terroristen 
  7. Hideo Yokoyama: 64
  8. Lisa Sandlin: Ein Job für Delpha
  9. Harlan Coben: In deinem Namen 
  10. Kathleen Kent: The Dime 
  11. Jean  Echenoz: Unsere Frau in Pjöngjang
  12. Pauline Rhinehart: The Jukebox of St. Augustin 



„Keigo Higashino’s Journey Under the Midnight Sun is a subversive treasure. One reviewer dubbed him the Japanese Stieg Larsson, and he definitely deserves to be ranked with the titans of the crime genre. And even more so: if David Foster Wallace had written a thriller, it would probably read something like a novel by Keigo Higashino. Compulsion, games, systems within systems, cultural bewitchment, politics: these two writers would have had a lot to discuss.“


2016 6 Nov

The Mana Thrill Factory Prize 2016

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1 Donald Ray Pollock: The Heavenly Table

(in deutscher Übersetzung jüngst erschienen bei Liebeskind)


Yes, The Heavenly Table is an old-fashioned yarn with a pretty predictable plot – but that’s the point, and as with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (an obvious influence), it is also a riotous satire that takes on our hopeless faith in modernity, along with our endless capacity for cruelty and absurd pretension … As much as we’d like to take comfort in the thought that all of this happened far away and a century ago, the fact is that Pollock’s funny, damning novel belongs, more than ever, to the country we live in now.


2 Duane Swierczynski: Revolver


Impressive, intricately constructed … Well sequenced to maximize suspense … A twist-filled saga of family loyalties and civic corruption … Mr. Swierczynski’s innovative, life-affirming novel also affords the traditional pleasures of a police procedural, including humor.


3 Bill Beverly: Dodgers


I try not to read thrillers because they tend to keep me up to all hours of the night, and I don’t have the time. Bill Beverly’s Dodgers broke through my wall of self-denial and, yes, I did stay up late for two nights to finish it. Four black boys in a gang from Los Angeles are given a job: drive across the country to carry out a hit on a black judge. What can go wrong? Everything, of course. The prose is tight, the dialogue rhythmic, the pacing fast, the violence measured, and the ending unexpected. So what if I lost some sleep?


4 Stephen Dobyns: Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?


A thriller that evokes Elmore Leonard and Donald E. Westlake but adds several layers of absurdity and a narrative voice that suggests metafiction meets a Greek chorus meets Jane Austen … Yes, it’s absurd; yes, it’soutrageous; but here’s the thing: somehow, amid all the craziness, there’s a beating heart, too.”


5 Edward A. Dreyfus: The Midnight Shrink


The Midnight Shrink by Edward Dreyfus is a compelling, engaging novel. The storyline focuses on a psychologist who has decided that he can best serve the people who need the most help by meeting them on their territory, the streets of Los Angeles. He makes himself available during the dark hours of the night out of his van. Growing up on the streets of New York himself, he has a soft spot for these often overlooked people of the night.


6 Barry Eisler: Livia Lone


Readers may be reminded of Stieg Larsson’s beloved Lisbeth Salander when they meet Livia Lone, and will be totally riveted by the story of this woman on a mission to right the wrongs in her past.”


7 Lisa Lutz: The Passenger


In a stunning departure from her comic Spellman Files series, Lutz offers a dark psychological thriller. Tanya Dubois finds her husband dead and knows she can’t afford the police scrutiny that is soon to follow. So she hits the road—and not for the first time. Lutz develops riveting suspense by slowly revealing Tanya’s past while white-knuckling the reader with her gritty heroine’s increasingly tenuous bids at survival.


8 Lisa Sandlin: The Do-Right


Ex-con Delpha Wade takes a secretarial job with PI Tom Phelan, but quickly the two are working side by side. Sandlin vividly evokes the bayou country of 1973 Beaumont, Texas, while introducing a terrific character in Delpha, who is soaking up her freedom as she gets used to “wearing sky over her head.”

2016 3 Feb

days changing literature with a landscape of memory

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Danach halte ich insgeheim Ausschau, nach Romanen, die mit, ähem, es mag kitschig klingen, aber der Ausdruck lag mir nun mal als erster auf der Zunge, ich sag es besser in englischer Sprache, nach Romanen also, die „with a wounded heart“ daherkommen – aber auch, parallel und gerne gleichzeitig, mit scharfem Witz, so als sei dieser Humor ein „power tool“, ein Therapeutikum (Balsam), um mit dem Anderen, der Dunklen Seite, zurechtzukommen.

„The two key players in this superb regional mystery suffer from separate but equally crushing cases of survivor guilt … The writer tells both their stories with supreme sensitivity, exploring the ‘landscape of memory’ that keeps shifting beneath our feet.“

(New York Times Book Review).

„The Long and Faraway Gone is that rare literary gem – a dark, quintessentially cool noir novel that is both deeply poignant, and very funny … as hip, hilarious, and entertaining as it is wrenching, beautiful, and ultimately redemptive.“

(Huffington Post).

2016 11 Jan

Glasgow „noir“

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At a Glasgow train station there are „knots of people looking up at the series of windows where train departures were posted. They looked as if they were trying to threaten their own destination into appearing“.

In a pub, two barmaids, one „made up as colourfully as a butterfly“, while the other, older „had been pretty“. Now, „she was better than that. She looked mid to late thirties and as if she hadn´t wasted the time“.

A drunk with „an instinct for catastrophe“, „circulating haphazardly, trying different tables“, settles for one where three men are sitting. „Two of them, Bud Lawson and Airchie Stanley, looked like trouble. The third one looked like much worse trouble“.

Detective Jack Laidlaw, describing the aggressive father of a missing girl: „One of life´s vigilantes, a retribution-monger … Laidlaw was sure his anger didn’t stop at people. He could imagine him shredding ties that wouldn´t knot properly, stamping burst tubes of toothpaste into the floor. His face looked like an argument you couldn´t win.“  


(The three Laidlaw-novels by William McIlvanney are all available in excellent German translations at Antje Kunstmann-Verlag) 

2015 24 Dez

„The Mana Thrill Factory Prize 2015“ (2)

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It has been the first edition, and it has caused a major stir. We will see if the Edgar Awards for modern crime fiction (to be announced in May 2016) can come close to the high quality selection of the Manafonistas Headquarter! The members of the committee spent a long night, making hard decisions, playing, when going for a break, Patty Griffin’s latest album on the sound system (a discovery of Gregs, it’s first single being a long-time runner on a slightly damaged jukebox in Hörnum). Joey asked me a favour doing a photo of the winner’s book („The Dark Inside“) in natural sourroundings. That was not so easy because it was storming like hell on the coast of Sylt yesterday. But finally, on the entrance of a forbidden path to the dunes, I made the photo. Joey will post it after Christmas. (By the way, and remembering Brian Eno’s track on „Tracks and Traces“ with Harmonia: „don’t get lost in Hörnum dunes“!) The story of the book is placed at the the border of Texas and Arkansas, in 1946, it’s hard-boiled, noir at its best, and a stunning debut of a writer who lives in London. That I didn’t know while vanishing between the pages  for the most of three days and nights) – so my next travel to Brian Eno’s studio (there will be a new album out in 2016) might be part of a somehow longer London list of meetings and interviews.



1) Rod Reynolds: The Dark Inside

2) Brian Panovich: Bull Mountain

3) Adrian McKinty: Gun Street Girl (part 4 of the Sean Duffy Series)

4) Peter Swanson: The Kind Worth Killing

5) Claire Fuller: Our Endless Numbered Days

6) Garth Risk Hallberg: City On Fire

7) Rosamund Lupton: The Quality of Silence

2015 7 Dez

William McIlvanney

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William McIlvanney ist in seinem Haus in Glasgow mit 79 Jahren gestorben. Mit seiner Trilogie um den grüblerischen Detective Inspector Jack Laidlaw schuf er eine vielschichtige Figur – und drei Klassiker nicht nur der schottischen Kriminalliteratur. Die Laidlaw-Trilogie ist hierzulande zwischen 2014 und 2015 erschienen in der hochgelobten Übersetzung von Conny Lösch: Laidlaw, Die Suche nach Tony Veitch, sowie Fremde Treue. „McIlvanney zu lesen ist kein Spaziergang im Sonnenlicht: Er führt in die Labyrinthe der Selbst- und Existenzbefragung, beleuchtet von glänzenden Aphorismen.“ Das schrieb Tobias Gohlis einmal zu diesen Büchern.

2015 29 Okt

She is a thriller afficionada,

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and, one month ago, she was lost in an American epic by Greg Iles, „Natchez Burning“, and, she also developed some sympathy for the Swedish duo Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, maybe she’s just sparing some sleep by reading their latest novel, „Die Menschen, die es nicht verdienen“. – You would like that psychologist, she said, he can  be a real pain in the ass. She laughed. She’s a nurse, and a great cook. Can’t say anything about these books, I could only explain my complete rejection of this ridiculously overrated thriller „Girl On A Train“. In British TV I liked the second season of „Broadchurch“, too, and some episodes with „Vera“. – Ha, I share this with Patti Smith, I added, the singer is keen on the English way of „noir“. She asked me about my favourites of this year, and I first came up with that excellent and creepy psycho-novel „Wolf“ by Mo Hayder, surely one of her best, wicked like hell, but that was from 2014. I told her, that it’s always a good sign when a thriller stays with you long after the closing of the last page. – More sophisticated nightmares? – Yes, Doctor, and more panic attacks! In fact, there have been some crime novels being damned good company (as opposed to fast food), so I came up with these books: R. J. Ellory – Mockingbird Songs. Claire Fuller – Our Endless Numbered Days. Brian Panovich – Bull Mountain (this one, Bull Mountain, old America, what else with that title, will be published from Suhrkamp next February). I’m sure I forgot some, let me think, ah yes, there have been really great ones by Carol O’Connel, William Shaw and Joe R. Lansdale. After „Das Dickicht“ he has written another one located in the Wild West, with smoking guns, high blood count, and a great storyline. And, well, there is at least one masterpiece in the non-fiction crime genre: „Tinseltown – Murder, Morphine, And Madness At The Dawn of Hollywood.“ The author: William Mann. – What a wonderful world we live in, Michael, she said, and we laughed out loud, and then saw the final episode of the last season of „Justified“. I saw it for the second time. What a showdown. Long live the spirit of Elmore Leonard!

Dass ich das Buch nicht nach 100 Seiten in den Müll geschmissen habe, liegt daran, dass ich es als Hörbuch in meinem Postkasten vorfand, als Besprechungsexemplar. Und so liess ich mich auf langen Autofahrten von drei Frauenstimmen begleiten, die mir alsbald ähnlich auf die Nerven gingen wie die Story selbst. Hanebüchen von vorne bis hinten. Ich dachte, da kommt noch was, aber da kam nur stets das gleiche, und gewiss kein einziges Überraschungselement. Entwickelt wird alles aus drei weiblichen Erzählperspektiven. Es geht um drei marode Beziehungen, um eine verschwundene Frau, und um eine Alkoholikerin, die ganz langsam aus ihrem Dämmer erwacht, und einem mutmasslichen Verbrechen auf die Spur kommen möchte. Jeder Leser mit einem IQ ab 99 wird nach etwa der Hälfte der Buches den Mörder erkennen, nebenbei ist das Buch unendlich zähflüssig geschrieben, dreht sich endlos um eine Handvoll Erinnerungslücken und zunehmend sich ankeifende Lebenspartner. Wieso ist so ein billig konstruiertes Buch ein Mega-Bestseller? Selbst die Filmrechte sind schon verkauft. Hier werden Rachefantasien ausgelebt, unterdrückte Frauen laufen in dem Roman zu grosser Form auf, und peinigen den Mörder am Schluss noch ganz perfide. Eine Frau ist meistens besoffen, eine traumatisiert, und eine vorrangig naiv. Ein geistesschwaches Machwerk, gegen das die Durbridgekrimis der 60er Jahre wahre Psychoschocker waren. Ich habe Sie gewarnt! P.S.: Gab es etwas vergleichbar Blödsinniges in letzter Zeit im Fernsehen? Ja, den jüngsten „Tatort“ aus Zürich! Der kann da locker mithalten. Der Killer hatte wahrscheinlich fünf Wochen vor dem Spiegel seinen schwitzenden Peter Lorre-Gedächtnis-Blick geübt, und was der Drehbuchschreiber beim Verfassen des Skripts so alles zu sich genommen hat, kann man nur erahnen. P.P.S.: Ach ja, das Buch heisst GIRL ON THE TRAIN, und ist von Paula Hawkins geschrieben worden.



Flying Saucer Attack’s new album, simply called „Instrumentals“, is a fine example of an artist who does an old-school job with guitar and tape delay – and succeeds. Nothing much happens here, all has been there before, somehow, somewhere, between bedroom record history, ambient music, and delicate noise. But here it is, nearly undescribable: the magic factor „X“ that captures our attention or lets our thoughts run wild (in slow motian). Not a bad idea to listen to this music in the background while reading the first chapter of „How We Are“, ahem, in parts, a, well, self-help book: don’t run away now. And why should you? Some change might be welcome in the best of lifes. It’s on the bright side of this genre, a richly textured book about breaking routines and patterns, or just about sticking to well-trodden paths. (“Don’t try to change me,” Bertie Wooster says in one of PG Wodehouse’s stories. “It spoils the flavour.”). Vincent Deary is a psychologist and philosopher, and he’s moving far beyond the simple pleasures of „positive thinking“: „We live in rooms haunted by ourselves”. You are the main character of this book, dear reader, one that might make spin your head, in good ways. And you can have a lot of fun when reading the book, cause Dreary never turns on the modus operandi of a guru. Be happy you’re not the protagonist of the brilliant new thriller of Carol O’Connell: of course Mallory is a young, attractive, female and intelligent detective, but, she’s a sociopath, too. Carol O’Connell is quite unknown in Germany, but her „Mallory novels“ belong to the rare examples of thrillers pushing boundaries and successfully mixing elements of surrealism with American nightmares, black humour and highly inventive story-telling. „The Chalk Girl“ („Kreidemädchen“, btb-Taschenbuch) is a pure reading adventure, the translation very good.  In some ways you can regard Fred Vargas as a soulmate of Carol O’Connor. Kicking genres is their favourite game. „The Strange World of the Strands“ offers insights into another dream world, but here we are in Liverpool, watching Michael Head (back in the late 90’s) finding buried melodies in the Mersey River, fighting demons of drug addiction, searching for exits, love and a way out of a self-built prison. With songs that go under your skin. 

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