Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BLUE NIGHT by Simone Buchholz.
I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course Simone Buchholz who gifted me an early copy of BLUE NIGHT. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble.
However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs.
When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…
Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.
So, want to know what I thought?;
For starters, this is straight up one of the most intriguing books I’ve had the pleasure of reading! I admit that I struggled at the beginning…. The format of this book is short, snappy paragraphs which jump between scenes so quick that it makes your head spin…. but what a thrill it was!
We get a glimpse into each character through snippet flashbacks. Only a couple of sentances to help capture the mood/feeling of what each character is experiencing in the past. It gives us just enough to buy into the story, but leaves us hanging and with that air of mystery.
BLUE NIGHT is a relatively short read at a little under 200 pages (paperback edition), but don’t let the length of this book fool you into thinking the quality of the writing is anything less than excellence. This is also a credit to Rachel Ward who in my opinion has translated this work beautifully.
I imagine it’s going to be a long time before I read something quite as extroadinary as BLUE NIGHT.
About Simone Bulchholz;
Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg.
In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the second Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months.
Simone lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.
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