First day of sale: 21.08.2008
DIE VERDÄCHTIGE – THE SUSPECT
Novel, about 240 pages
“A master in the dissection of disturbing emotions.”
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
Can a police investigator fall in love with the suspect?
Robert is 39 years old, looks like George Clooney and works for the homicide squad. He met his wife during a traffic check, but she has just left him. And then a woman comes to him at the police station about whom everything was strange, and not only the rhubarb collar of her coat.
Marga Burg wants to report a missing person. She was at the funfair with her boyfriend Mathias; he boarded the ghost train along and never came out again: “He was simply gone, like a fist disappears when you open your hand.”
Robert sets off in search of him. Along with his perky female colleague Nico he encounters the secret rules of the funfair people, a childish blubberbutt as well as a man whose job is discovering unconventional places. Und wherever he goes he meets Marga, who becomes even more enigmatic that closer he gets to her.
Judith Kuckart has written a grandiose novel: subtly and with a light hand she has shaped a mystery novel that that holds the reader in its spell. And “Die Verdächtige” is also such great literature that every single sentence is pleasurable.
Rights sold to: Peoples Literature Publishing House (Mainland China)
Judith Kuckart, born in 1959 in Schwelm, Westphalia, lives and works as a writer and director in Berlin. In 2002, her novel ‘Lenas Liebe’ (Lena’s Love) was published by DuMont and made into a film in 2012. DuMont also published her short story collection ‘Die Autorenwitwe’ (The Author’s Widow), 2003, the reprint of her novel ‘Der Bibliothekar’ (The Librarian), 2004, and her novels ‘Kaiserstraße’ (2006), ‘Die Verdächtige’ (The Suspect), ‘Wünsche’ (Wishes), 2013, longlisted by the German Book Prize, ‘Dass man durch Belgien muss auf dem Weg zum Glück’ (That you need to cross Belgium to find happiness), 2015 and ‘Kein Sturm, nur Wetter‘ (No Storm, Only Wather). 2019. Judith Kuckart has won many literary prizes, including the Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Preis (2012).