Ein paar Tage Licht

Oliver Bottini

Ein paar Tage Licht


512 pages
Erstmals im Taschenbuch
First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-6322-8


A Crime-Novel
Ca. 350 pp.
Spring 2014

3 Times Winner of the German Crime Fiction Prize
3 Times Winner of the German Crime Fiction Prize

#1 Krimi ZEIT Bestenliste May 2014

“Only rarely has one so excellently succeeded in visualising complex political history in such a thrilling plot.”
Tobias Gohlis/Die Zeit on "Der kalte Traum"

„One of our best crime writers.” Elmar Krekeler/Die Welt on "Ein paar Tage Licht"

The Involvement of the German Arms Lobby in the Arab Spring

Algeria. Africa’s largest country, blessed with riches but internally full of turmoil. An employee of a German armaments company is brutally kidnapped here. The German authorities are alarmed; who is responsible? Islamic terrorists, says the Algerian secret services. But why doesn’t anyone claim responsibility and why is there no ransom note?
For Ralf Eley, the official from the German Federal Police stationed at the German embassy in Algiers, too many parts of the puzzle don’t fit together. But his biggest problem is that he can’t investigate in Algeria as a German without risking expulsion. So he does it secretly – and comes across further contradictions that the Algerian secret service wants to see covered up. Eley soon recognises that much more is at stake than the life of a German manager.
At the same time, the young Algerians Djamel and Aziz are travelling from Paris to Berlin. Eu-phoric. Hopeful. Everything has proceeded according to plan until now. Their native country will soon be free when the old rulers are toppled and brought to justice. When the revolution that Djamel and Aziz want to bring to Algeria has been kindled...

Oliver Bottini skilfully weaves the highly controversial theme of German armaments export into a thrilling crime novel. He impressively and meticulously fathoms the depths of power and re-pression, demonstrating with striking intensity on what will always plague the system – the lack of humanity.

Oliver Bottini, born 1965, studied modern German literature, Italian studies and psychology in Munich. He received the German Crime Writing Prize for his books “Mord im Zeichen des Zen” and “Im Sommer der Mörder.” He was nominated for the 2007 Friedrich Glauser Prize in the novel category. His third novel, “Im Auftrag der Väter,” was shortlisted for the 2007 Munich Tukan Prize. His most recent book is “Der kalte Traum” (2012) for which he received the German Crime-Fiction Prize for the third time. Oliver Bottini lives in Berlin.

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Oliver Bottini

Oliver Bottini wurde 1965 geboren. Für seine Romane erhielt er zahlreiche Preise, u. a. den Krimipreis von Radio Bremen, den Berliner »Krimifuchs«, den Stuttgarter Krimipreis und fünfmal den Deutschen Krimi Preis, zuletzt 2018 für ›Der Tod in den stillen Winkeln des Lebens‹. Bei DuMont erschienen außerdem ›Der kalte Traum‹ (2012) und ›Ein paar Tage Licht‹ (2014) sowie die Kriminalromane um die Freiburger Kommissarin Louise Bonì. Oliver Bottini lebt mit seiner Familie in Frankfurt am Main.