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by Simon and Schuster, 4 June 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4711-3970-3 (HB).
Henry Hayden’s mistress has just
announced that she’s pregnant, and he’s agreed to leave his wife... except that
his wife is actually the writer of the novels that have made him world famous.
absorbing tale is told mostly through Henry’s eyes, so we accept his character
and dilemma before the author gives us the shock of seeing him as others see
him: the policeman, Jenssen, who believes he’s a murderer, and Gisbert Fasch,
the man he bullied as a child, who’s compiled a dossier of Henry’s past. Henry
is charming, plausible and amoral, capable of ruthless evil and great
generosity, and driven by his own demons, which manifest in the form of a
marten scratching in the roof. His wife, Martha, is also a convincing
character, modest and reclusive, with her daily routine of swimming and rest,
and her nightly writing, yet able to take the initiative when her world is
threatened. The other bit characters, fisherman Obradin and his wife, Helga,
dying publisher Moreany and his jealous secretary Honor, and the voluptuous
Betty are all intertwined in a complex plot with a satisfying ending. The novel
is set in Germany, but place names are rarely mentioned, and the translation is
aimed at an American market, so I kept thinking it was set in the States, until
a character saying ‘Herr Hayden’ reminded me. The prose is smooth and quick to
read, with flashes of vivid description.
compelling crime novel about a man whose life begins to unravel. Highly
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Sascha Arango is one of Germany’s most prominent screenplay
writers and a two-time winner of the Grimme Prize, a prestigious award for
German television, for his work on the long-running detective series Tatort.
His first novel, The Truth and Other Lies, will be published in more
than thirteen countries in 2015. He lives in Germany.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.