Petra Oelker, born in 1947, worked as a journalist and author of non-fiction books before she started writing her first bestselling historical crime novel Death at the Tollhouse. Nine novels with the same female protagonist followed in this succesful series. With her further crime novels. She established herself as a bestselling author.
THE BRIDGE BETWEEN WORLDS
Hamburg, 1906. Hans Körner, a salesman of oriental carpets, gladly accepts a new position in Constantinople. After reaching the flourishing metropolis on the Bosporus, he becomes one of Ihmsen & Witt’s most respected salesmen, and quickly feels at home in Pera, the European quarter of the city. He visits clubs and theatres, attends concerts of touring European musicians and plays tennis with women.
But looking past Hans’s exciting new life, the city is rife with unrest fuelled by economic and political upheavals. Both European powers and domestic political groups want to exploit the slow death of the Ottoman empire, to use it as a springboard towards realising ambitions of power on a global scale. Negotiations are underway in backrooms, bordellos, dingy side streets and on ferries across the Bosporus; watchful eyes and ears are everywhere.
Hans Körner remains oblivious of these intrigues, absorbed in an enthrallingly vivid, foreign world. He has almost forgotten that he isn’t who he purports to be. No one suspects that Hans travelled to Constantinople using forged papers under an assumed name. Two things then happen that threaten to expose his lies. The beautiful Milena, a Parisian woman with Russian heritage, enters his life. And he receives a telegram announcing an imminent visitor from Hamburg…