First day of sale: 14.02.2014
EIN PAAR TAGE LICHT/
A FEW DAYS OF LIGHT
Ca. 350 pp.
Deutscher Krimipreis 2015
Stuttgarter Krimipreis 2015
#1 Krimi ZEIT Bestenliste May & June 2014
“One of our best crime writers […] You leave the novel enlightened by the revelation that there is genre literature that deploys complex characters and structures.” Elmar Krekeler, Die Literarische Welt
“Crafty political thriller, enlightened by a sense of possibility.” Die Zeit
“Bottini’s crime novel can certainly match Don Winslow’s better novels. Thrilling, well written and like his US colleague’s, extremely realistic.” Wolf-Dieter Vogel, taz
“A political thriller of international calibre. Thrilling to read, informative, convincing. Let’s have more!” Jürgen Priester, KRIMI-COUCH
“A Few Days Of Light shows once again what Oliver Bottini is capable of and that is creating premium crime literature in step with the times.” Ulrich Noller, WDR
“Oliver Bottini is not only a shrewd crime writer but above all a highly political author.” Sylvia Staude, Frankfurter Rundschau
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 Ger-man armaments company is brutally kidnapped here. The German authorities are alarmed; who is respon-sible? 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 Alge-ria 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. Euphoric. 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 repression, demonstrat-ing with striking intensity on what will always plague the system – the lack of humanity.
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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