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on 13 August 2012
This is a psychological novel of dramatic chase with major consequences. Almost child-like in its basis, (hide and seek), it is deadly serious in its contest. Alexander Zorbach is an ex-policeman with hang-ups. He has law enforcement skills and trickery that make his transformation into a journalist one of potential virulence and danger. One step ahead of police investigations, his reputation seems secure but suspicious. His background is less impressive and explains to some extent his motivation. A failed marriage, a battle over his 11 year old son's custody with his unrelenting wife's push and punish approach to him.
His old workmates are not sure how far they can pitch into his trust as he, using his knowledge, is inevitably quick at the crime-scenes of a sadistic serial-killer. This psychopath preys on mothers with children. They are killed if the cat-and-mouse conditions are not fulfilled according to his stop-watch instructions. He, (Zorbach), becomes a potential villain in his own right, suspicion falling on him after his wallet is found next to a victim. His fellow co-worker and journalist, Frank, is a trustworthy ally.
The novel's title hints at what befalls his quarry. The dark, graphic imagery of Berlin with the unflinching paranormal gifts of a blind girl in peril, are instrumental in the combination of a thrilling novel and climax. Told in a back-to-front narrative (afterward to forward), does not in any way detract from this exhilarating and vivid book taken with a stretch on imagination. More translations of Sebastian Fitzek's writings, please.