A pretty dishevelled girl, barefoot and in a party dress, stumbles onto an autobahn adjacent to a rest area, is hit by a car and killed. The driver tells the attending detectives, Franz and Felix, it looked like suicide. Blood in the rest area suggested otherwise. The girl's identity, Marie, is eventually uncovered and kicks off a murder investigation involving complex characters who lead complex lives. Infidelity and deceit are rampant and pervade the often short and jumpy chapters. Some are in italics, cleverly feeding relevant explanatory background details to the reader. The detectives' attempt to unravel the threads of the mysteries behind the death, as further revelations unfold, some misleading and distracting from the crime.
Suspicion falls upon several individuals, none of whom is particularly likeable or developed in the narrative, apart from Marie. They shuffle in and out of the storyline that remains interesting, capturing the atmosphere of the locations, well-written by Gabi Kreslehner and translated by Lee Chadeayne. This is an easily readable mystery rather than a thriller. An engaging and enjoyable intricate whodunit, nonetheless.