In Milan "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci is destroyed. In Mexico a group of models is kidnapped and tortured: when the girls reappear, their faces are brutally disfigured by what appear to be real surgical operations. At the same time, a computer virus is spreading all over the world, which systematically alters photo files. Is there a connection between these events? Helen Morgan - a Boston scientist - will shed light on the story. When in fact her daughter is kidnapped, the woman begins to follow a track that takes her to Europe, and exactly to the Louvre, where the picture of the Mona Lisa seems to be in danger. But the reasons for all this sink into the past, around 1500, when the famous painting saw the light ...
About the book
This book talks about art, beauty and stereotypes that nowadays have become a little too forced. Or at least that’s the underlying message that the killer gives. The characters are American but we travel around the world with Mexico, France, Italy and some other European countries. The protagonist is a scientist who studies the psychology behind beauty. What happens in our brain when we look at a piece of art? This is what she tries to explain, but this will bring her into the clutches of a conspirator.
Meanwhile some Miss America are kidnapped in Mexico and one by one they are disfigured to eliminate all their beauty. A computer virus is spread all over the world, a program that disfigures the photos and images of people and makes them ugly. But what is this concept of beautiful or ugly? Who dictated the canons of beauty?
Heimweh Crime, Mystery Marc Raabe
June 8th 2015
February 18, 2019
March 2, 2019
Jesse Berg is a successful paediatrician. Newly divorced, he spends his time caring for his young daughter, Isa. But Jesse has secrets in his past. Things he doesn't talk about.
When Jesse's ex-wife is murdered and his daughter abducted, his life spirals out of control. At the scene of the murder there is a message left for him. A message that makes it clear that he was the intended target of the attack.
Jesse would do anything to find Isa, and as a long-forgotten debt comes to light, he realises he must do the one thing he never wanted to do: go back to his past, and back to his old home. A place that almost killed him. A place where he learned to fight back.
About the book
The book takes place in two time frames, present with the story of Jesse and Jule trying to find and save Jesse’s daughter and the past in which we know the Jesse’s life at the institute where he was brought after being tormented by his violent father.
Jesse’s mother is dead, the father blames his uncle for killing her and also keeps telling Jesse that his brother was better. But Jesse doesn’t remember his brother actually he believes that he’s imaginary, he believes that is another way for his father to torture and hurt him.
When he can’t take it anymore, he manages to have social services intervene but this leads him to the institute of Adlershof directed by Alfred. Even here, however, life is not easy, but here he meets Sandra, his future wife who will give him a beautiful daughter, Isa. Or is it true? What happened before the “accident”? Jesse doesn’t remember, because while he was at the institute something happened that made him lose the memory of the boy he was before. But is this true? He doesn’t even remember his father! And why does that past seem to come back only now?
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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