Jan Seghers, alias Matthias Altenburg, was born in 1958 and is a writer, critic and essayist, who lives in Frankfurt am Main. He followed up the success of An All Too Beautiful Girl and The Snow Bride with Partitur des Todes, for which he received the Offenbach Literature Prize and the Burgdorfer Crime Writing Prize. His other novels include The Rosenherz Case and The Sterntaler Conspiracy. All his novels have been dramatized for TV on Germany’s national ZDF network, with a total of over 30 million viewers.
The keenly anticipated new thriller featuring inspector Marthaler
1998: Someone cut the boy’s throat, sliced a piece of flesh from his thigh and removed his testicles. Tobias Brüning’s murder sparked one of the biggest manhunts in post-war Germany, yet even a photofit of the murderer didn’t help police catch the killer.
2013: Inspector Marthaler receives a call from a former colleague: A witness says they spotted Tobias’s murderer. When Marthaler arrives to pick up the case files, he discovers the killer’s name.
New evidence leads the investigation to a dark valley on the banks of the Rhine where two Romany boys have gone missing. And while inspector Kizzy Winterstein, herself a Romany, is busy discussing police jurisdictions with another officer from Frankfurt, the two children are found. Dead.
Marthaler and Winterstein realise they‘re working on the same case, and that they are chasing a brutal group of human traffickers.