was born in Vienna in 1962. He studied at the Viennese Art Academy and worked as a musician and art teacher before he began writing. He has written and illustrated more than a dozen children and young adult books, for which he has received much praise. Now he dedicates himself to literature for adult audiences and mainly writes plays short stories and novels. For his first mystery novel featuring the antihero Leopold Wallisch, Lemming's Case, Stefan Slupetzky won the Glauser Prize in 2005.
For the Viennese, it might come as a surprise that tram conductors have emotions. The young tram driver Theo Ptak has fallen for one of his passengers, a young woman who gets in his tram car every morning. Then one day, she is kidnapped by two men, with Theo a horrified witness. Theo begs former detective Leopold Wallisch – also known as Lemming – for help. Lemming reluctantly begins his search and soon stumbles across a dead body. Yet he’s also trying to figure out how Kaspar and Pannonia are involved in the case; the two are stowed in the hold of an East Indiaman just after the end of the Thirty Years’ War sailing along Africa’s east coast.