Monday 28 September, 00.17. The Düsseldorf police receive a strange call: someone has noticed suspicious movements in an abandoned factory in the port area. But when the agents arrive on site, they immediately realise that it is not trivial trafficking: this is a case for Homicide; this is a case for Georg Stadler. Awakened with a start and led to the scene, the commissioner is faced with a disconcerting sight: a pool of blood on the floor, a razor, a shattered mirror, but… no corpse. Just an obscure code drawn on the wall. An indecipherable mystery, except that a few days later, in a hotel room, the body of a woman is found wearing only a pair of briefs, her right hand resting on her chest in an unnatural pose. Her blood everywhere: on the white sheets, on the carpet, on the victim's neck and long hair. Two seemingly unrelated cases, yet Stadler can't free himself from a suspect: both crime scenes seem set up like a macabre film set. The Commissioner just has to resort again to the help of Liz Montario, the brilliant profiler to whom he is bound by a subtle attraction. But this time even Liz will have a hard time, because every progress in the investigation, every new discovery seems to converge on a single suspect: Commissioner Stadler himself.
This book doesn’t have an English version.
About the book
A killer who plays out the most famous Horror films, a new flame for Commissioner Stadler and a colleague resentful of a case involving a policewoman he was in love with. In this new chapter of the Stadler and Montario saga, the commissioner and the psychologist will have to capture a bleak assassin.
A macabre surprise awaits Georg Stadler, head of the Homicides in Düsseldorf, as he opens the mail on his desk: from a strange padded envelope, without sender, a nylon envelope comes out containing two severed human fingers. And if they belonged to another victim of the ferocious serial killer on which Stadler has been investigating for months?
The inspector still has in his eyes the chilling images of the bodies of two boys and a girl in their early twenties, horribly mutilated. In each one of their throat the killer stuck a newspaper cutout with proverbs with disturbing allusions "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth". Stadler understands that the killer is challenging him, and there is only one person able to help him, a person who, like no other, succeeds in penetrating criminal minds: Elisabeth Montario, the brilliant psychologist who had made a decisive turning point in the "Ripper" investigations a year before. And whose troubled charm had put strain on Stadler's professional ethics ... Liz, who now lives and works in Liverpool, is hardly the type to hold back and while the killer's thirst for blood is growing by the hour, she and Stadler will meet again side by side in a ruthless manhunt.
About the Book
Unfortunately there’s no English translation for this German book. The Italian title is Ascolta o Muori. The author is Sabine Klewe but wrote this series as Karen Sander.
This is the second book in the Stadler and Montario Series so if you want to read this book, please read the first one before. There are some reference to the first book (for example who the killer is) so I suggest to read them in order.
The first think I want to say is that this book has short chapters. I find that I read more pages when there are small chapters, I don’t know why, maybe because when I finish a chapter I say “one more, they’s only a few pages” and I go on saying this to myself for a few more chapters.
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