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The Sweetness of Life

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781849169103

Price: £7.49

ON SALE: 22nd December 2011

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

It is Christmas in the alpine town of Furth am See and a six-year-old girl is playing ludo with her grandfather. The doorbell rings, and the old man goes to answer. The next time the girl sees him, he is lying with his skull broken, his face a red pulp against the white snow. From that time on, she does not speak a single word.

Raffael Horn, the psychiatrist engaged to treat the silent child, reluctantly becomes involved in solving the murder along with Detective Superintendent Ludwig Kovacs. Their parallel researches sweep through the town: a young mother who believes her new-born child is the devil; a Benedictine monk who uses his iPod to drown the voices in his head; a high-spending teenager who tortures cats. The psychological profile of this claustrophobic, winter-held town is not reassuring – which, if any, of its inhabitants was the brutal night-time slayer of the suffering girl’s grandfather?


'A truly stimulating find' Jonathan Gibbs, Independent.
'A scrupulous, serious novel ... Impressive' Jessica Mann, Literary Review.
Literary Review
'An extraordinary book, a disquieting psychological shocker set in a claustrophobic town ... elegantly, subtly told' Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph.
Sunday Telegraph
'Beautifully written, in cool clear prose' Hamish Whyte, Scotland on Sunday.
Scotland on Sunday