Der Kreis

Martin Maurer

Der Kreis

Ein Fall für Nick Marzek

352 pages, Klappenbroschur mit bedruckten Innenseiten
First day of sale: 14.03.2022
ISBN 978-3-8321-8377-6

MARTIN MAURER
DER KREIS/
THE CIRCLE. A NICK MARZEK CASE

A Crime Novel, ca. 350 pages, Spring 2022

“Gripping, highly atmospheric”
Thomas Przybilka, KRIMI-TIPP on The Warriors

A vivid and thrilling portrait of 80s Munich

Based on true events


Nick Marzek and Graziella Altieri – the crime world’s unlikely duo investigates its 2nd case
Summer 1984. It’s been four months since Nick and Graziella put a stop to the antics of the LUDWIG group. Now they’re back in Munich, hoping to finally learn the identi-ties of the group’s backers, who are still at large. But Nick’s supervisor throws a spanner in the works and makes it clear that the case is no longer under investiga-tion. Still, neither of them has ever had much respect for the rules...
Then another case emerges: two women are found shot dead in Perlacher Forest. The women are identified as Maria Ursa and her 18-year-old daughter Dinka. There’s no sign of husband, and father, Stjepan. Could he have shot the two wom-en? Is the whole thing just a domestic tragedy? Marzek and Altieri get a closer look at the matter when they visit the exiled Croatian community to which the murdered women belonged. Stjepan Ursa was a member of the banned Brotherhood of Croa-tian Revolutionaries, a terror group of nationalists and fascists who consider them-selves freedom fighters against Tito and the communist regime. Similar murders of exiled Croatians had occurred in Munich a year before – has the Ursa family been executed by the Yugoslavian secret service?
The further Nick and Graziella delve into the two cases, the deeper they find them-selves immersed in a network of lies and intrigue. And soon they no longer know who to trust...

Martin Maurer

Martin Maurer was born in 1968 in Konstanz. He studied dramaturgy and screen writing at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Potsdam-Babelsberg and worked as a screenwriter. He lives in Berlin and Italy. “Terror” is his first novel.