DER BOBMÖRDER. Anwalt Fickel ermittelt/ THE BOB SLED MURDER. Counsellor Fickel Investigates
Ca. 300 pp.
A peculiar sense of humour, eccentric characters,
a unique backdrop at the juncture between East and West Germany
Counsellor Fickel in the Ice Rut – Is He Fast Enough to Capture the Bobsled Murderer?
After his somehow not totally undeserved success in solving the Kminikowski affair, Counsellor Fickel has become a bit of a local celebrity in the former East German city of Meiningen and its surroundings. This not only manifests itself in heightened attention as far as the opposite sex is concerned but also the unaccustomed inquiries from potential clients. Shorty before the start of the Winter Olympics, Fickel suddenly careens on thin ice with his new case: Walter Kornhaß, the veteran technical head of the toboggan run at the Oberhof winter sports centre was apparently responsible for the negligent death of a highly decorated top female and is being accused of involuntary manslaughter. But Kornhaß insists on his innocence. Fickel sets forth on his investigation and soon runs into human abysses in the world of top-class sport. And then a second deadly accident occurs in the ice rut. Now at the latest, Fickel, a former pusher of the Oberhof II bobsled, takes the matter personally…
Hans-Henner Hess, born in Berlin-Mitte in 1973, trained there to become a fully-qualified jurist. Because the state did not require his services, he turned his back on jurisprudence and kept himself busy as a writer and dramaturg for varying television formats in Munich, Leipzig and Berlin. On the side he wrote long and short stories, plays and contributed texts for the spoken word project “Schwindel” that only insiders are familiar with. After a phase of contemplation, he has recently been devoting himself to the art of crime again. “Herrentag” is his first novel.
Hans-Henner Hess wurde 1973 in Berlin-Mitte geboren und ließ sich ebendort wegen einer verlorenen Wette zum Volljuristen ausbilden. Da der Rechtsstaat auf seine weitere Mitwirkung dankend verzichtete, schlug er sich als Autor und Dramaturg bei diversen Fernsehformaten durch. Nebenher verfasste er Lang- und Kurzgeschichten, schrieb Theaterstücke und Songtexte. Bei DuMont erschienen seine Romane ›Herrentag‹ (2013) und ›Der Bobmörder‹ (2014).