Max Annas was a journalist and worked for many years in South Africa on a research project studying South African jazz. He now lives in Berlin. He was awarded the German Crime Writing Prize for both his debut novel, The Farm, and his second book, The Wall.
THE MURDER INVESTIGATION COMMISSION (Vol. II) - THE CASE OF MELCHIOR NIKOLEIT
The Stasi, the punk and his death.
Jena, 1985. A young man has been murdered. He was a punk, or so these characters call themselves. They’re the ones the state finds it hard to bring into line. The detectives in the murder investigation commission headed up by Otto Castorp quickly focus their attention on the victim’s father, an antiques dealer with contacts in the West, who is openly hostile towards the ideals of the Workers’ and Peasants’ State.
Castorp knows that the victim had signed up as a civilian informant for the state police. What is more, the case also appears to be linked with a series of break-ins in the city. It’s also linked with long-buried, dark stories that stretch back to the era before 1945.