First day of sale: 13.01.2016
DAS MÄDCHEN IM FEUER /THE GIRL IN THE FIRE
A Crime Novel, ca. 384 pp.
“A great debut with a dishevelled heroine who conquers the hearts of her readers with ease.” Kölner Stadanzeiger
“The atmosphere in which the plot is embedded is tangible (...) very well done.” Hans Jörg Wangner, Stuttgarter Zeitung
“A friendly, satiric look at life in the countryside. Its well crafted character de-scriptions make it convincing.” Katharina Granzin, taz
“Conny Schwarz presents a clever, fast-paced criminal novel as her debut. It has nothing to do with regional literature – at the same time it is atmospheric and very close to that restless pulse of provincial areas.” BÜCHER MAGAZIN
Thea Dombrowski – local reporter, single mother, distinguishing mark: eye patch
In a hollow in the middle of Southern Germany’s no-man’s-land, where it is always a little bit colder and always a little bit darker than elsewhere, lays the little city of Wart-enburg. It is Thea Dombrowski’s home town, and she never thought that she would ever return here. She has just moved from Berlin with her little daughter Mari back to her mother who got her a position as an editor at the local newspaper. Try as she might, Thea has difficulties adjusting to the small town’s rigid structure. But just when she thought that she could not live here another day, a murder took place: a little girl from an ethnic German emigrant family from Russia died a horrible death in a fire. Together with her old school friend Daniel, now a detective chief superintendent at the Wartenburg police department, Thea started looking for clues – and is suddenly more entangled in the investigations than she would have liked.
Conny Schwarz ist das Pseudonym des Autorenduos Kristin Uhlig und Martin Maurer. Beide sind in Süddeutschland aufgewachsen, schreiben Drehbücher für Film und Fernsehen und leben, mit einigen Unterbrechungen, seit fast zwanzig Jahren in Berlin. Bei DuMont erschien bislang ›Das Mädchen im Feuer‹ (2014).