First day of sale: 17.02.2012
DER KALTE TRAUM/
THE COLD DREAM
Ca. 400 pp.
German Crime Novel Prize 2013
(Deutscher Krimipreis 2013)
“With a magnetic plot and chilling contemporary ring, Bottini’s riveting new crime thriller is reminescent of Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal. (…) The work of a master craftsman.” new books in german spring 2012
“A terrific political thriller biting with anger and chilliness.” - Die Zeit
“Only rarely has one so excellently succeeded in visualising complex political history in such a thrilling plot.” Tobias Gohlis/Die Zeit
“Oliver Bottini picked out a difficult, heavily-mined terrain for himself, and the author – a multiple winner of the Deutscher Krimi Preis – proves that his preparations and research of the material was first rate. The dialogues are pointed and so are the protagonists; even the rather underhanded characters are lovingly described.” Süddeutsche Zeitung
“Bottini again manages to convey to us the history of the bloody ‘ethnic cleansings’ in the Balkan that cost the lives of thousands of victims based on a cleverly constructed plot. And in the process we have to re-think our narrow-minded view of Yugoslavia’s war of breakup. This view, and this is also a theme of the book as well, is owed to the propaganda lies spread by the Ruder Finn public relations firm hired by the Croatians. Truth is always the first victim of war. And this truism is also illustrated by this successful, sol-idly researched crime novel.” Knud Cordsen, Deutschlandradio Kultur
“Written without gimmickry in a clear language, this atmospheric novel unfolds a polyphonic drama of human and political failure.” Spiegel online
A steely political crime novel against the backdrop of the Balkan War
Rottweil, a small idyllically-situated city in the Swabian Alps: Saša Jordan stands in front of the family’s farm and waits. They see him from inside. But he waits. He has time. Time is all he needs until they are worn out, until they voluntarily give him what he wants from them. Thomas ?avar was German. He had just finished school and bought a red Ford Granada so he and his girlfriend Jelena could enjoy the free time they had until starting university. But then the war broke out that would change everything: Wasn’t Croatia their real home? Didn’t they have to fight for their independence? Thomas ?avar fought – and died. Now, 15 years later, questions about Thomas ?avar’s death suddenly emerged: Yvonne Ahrens, a German journalist working in Zagreb, came across indications of Croatian war crimes and a young soldier who was supposedly very involved in them. Richard Ehringer, a former politician, asks his nephew at the Berlin police department to find out more about ?avar’s war mission. And Saša Jordan, a Croatian intelli-gence official, investigates in Rottweil. There, where everything began. Someone must know something – about whether Thomas ?avar is still alive. A cold-blooded hunt begins …
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Oliver Bottini, born 1965, studied modern German literature, Italian studies and psychology in Munich. He received the German Crime Writing Prize (Deutscher Krimipreis) 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, in 2010 he published “Das verborgene Netz” also, as the previous titles part of his Louise-Bonì series, which was continued 2015 with “Im weißen Kreis”. Apart from the Louise-Bonì-series, he has published so far three stand-alones, the political thrillers “Der kalte Traum” (2012) for which he received the German Crime Writing Prize the third time, and “Ein paar Tage Licht” (2014) which was awarded the German Crime Writing Prize 2015 and Stuttgarter Krimipreis 2015 and "Der Tod in den stillen Winkeln des Lebens" (2018) for which he received the German Crime Writing Prize once again. Oliver Bottini lives in Berlin. www.bottini.de