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Zen and the Art of Murder: A Black Forest Investigation I (The Black Forest Investigations) Hardcover – 11 Jan 2018

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (11 Jan. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857057669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857057662
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An exceptional crime novel. (Kolja Mensing TAZ)

It's been a long time since any crime author started out so strongly, so visually. (Tobias Gohlis Die Zeit)

Oliver Bottini, one of the few German authors who play in crime-writing's premier league, really knows how to tell a good story. (Frankfurter Rundschau)

Tension without brutality, local colour without small-minded sentimentality, good intelligent reading with depth. (Christine Hage Handelsblatt)

A piercing examination of our reality . . . Bottini uses the full potential of the genre to look deep into humanity's abyss and sees there the concealed traumas of German society (Tomasz Kurianowicz Die Zeit 2017-11-02)

Gripping. (Tatler.)

The first of his award-winning Black Forest novels to appear in English. It has an arresting opening image: a Buddhist monk with a head injury strides across the snowy landscape of the border country between Germany and France . . . a surprising and genuinely shocking case. (Joan Smith The Sunday Times)

A nicely done shock thriller (Weekend Sport)

An atmospheric, original story that will keep you hooked to
the final heart-rending revelations

(Crime Review)

Bottini has established himself as a strong new voice in crime with this inventive mystery . . . The fictional landscape is beguiling and the story utterly gripping (Book Noir)

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The first in a gripping new crime series set in Germany - the Black Forest Investigations - now longlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2018

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