After finishing his university studies, WOLFGANG KAES became a crime reporter. Born in 1958, he has written for Stern, Die Zeit and many others. Today he is chief reporter at the Bonner General-Anzeiger newspaper. He was Journalist of the Year in 2012; in 2013 he was awarded the Henri Nannen Prize for investigative journalism.
THE FINAL STOP
It’s 2013 and nine school friends go out to a nightclub in the town of Bad Hombach. Two weeks later, the body of one of the group is dragged from the Rhine. Forensic pathologists examining the corpse find no evidence that any third party was involved in the death. Now in 2018, Kommissar Thomas Mohr languidly leaves through the old files of the cold case department, having been assigned there against his will. Looking through the 2013 Bad Hombach case file, tiny details kindle his finely tuned investigative senses. Something’s not right here: The investigating agencies didn’t cooperate, the witness statements throw up questions that weren’t followed up on. And what about the biker gang that provided the doormen on the night in question? The deeper Mohr digs into this case, the more evidence he uncovers for a dark parallel world of intimidation and fear still operating in the present day.