The Immortal Family Salz

A beer cellar, a luxury hotel and a grandmother who dies twice over…

Resplendent with glamour but overcast by many a shadow, the story of the Salz family centres on Leipzig's up-market Fürstenhof hotel. Salz Sr. buys it in 1914, but his actress daughter Lola refuses to ...

Rights sold: Persian language

A View Across the Lake

"But what if our memories mislead us?"

Béatrice is in the middle of unpacking when the doorbell rings. She's just moved from the city to an old mill by a lake somewhere deep in the provinces. She doesn't know a soul here yet-so who on earth could this be? Outside her door she ...


Days of Night

Anton, an elderly professor of literature from Frankfurt, owns a house on the English coast. One day it is burgled, and although no harm comes to him or his wife, he feels sick at heart and overcome with a sense of impotence. Increasingly he finds himself thinking back to his childhood in 1940s ...


More often than not all very fast

For years, Albert has been visiting Fred during the holidays and at weekends, but they've never really grown close. Albert only ever called Fred Fred, never Father. Fred is a child trapped in the body of an old man, he spends his time reading encyclopaedias, waves at green cars and guards ...

Rights sold: Israel, English language, Italy, Turkey

What Ida Says

Louise was born and raised in Normandy, but now lives in Berlin. One day, quite by chance at a family funeral in Normandy, she meets a distant cousin - Ida - for the first time, and discovers a dark family secret. Ida and Louise's mother Paulette were close friends and confidantes. During the ...


A Knock At The Door

Short Stories

A knock at the door can herald many changes…

Christopher Kloeble tells stories of young people whose lives are abruptly altered. A scream rips through the silence, the phone rings - and, in an instant, everything is possible once more, or a love has gone wrong.


The Crying Animal

Lebanese Travelogue

"The Crying Animal" is not a travelogue in the conventional sense, but rather, as the author makes plain in the opening pages, a combination of "private travel chronicles, personal reflections, memories and digressions".

At the beginning of 2003 Michael Kleeberg visited Beirut as part of ...

Rights sold: Arab language

See Venice and Steal

Venice is in the throes of the biennale and awash with tourists. Harry Oldenburg throws himself into the fray. He and his girlfriend Zoe are planning to relieve the Guggenheim Museum of two valuable exhibits. But in the sizzling summer heat, the well-hatched plan goes pear-shaped: Harry finds ...

Volume: 2

Fried Fish for the Godfather

Fredenbüll is in an uproar. Turbines are being installed across the dyke foreland, and the environmentalists have come running. Even Grandma Ahlbeck supports the hastily established initiative, "Do(n't) be a Frog," as it seeks to protect the endangered fire-bellied toad. One morning, a body is ...

Volume: 6

Fickle Teens and Fish in Batter

Problematic pirates, perspicacious parrots, terrible teens and a chilled corpse....

Thies Detlefsen's twin daughters Telje and Tadje take the boat to Amrum for the annual autumn school trip, chaperoned by their class teacher Dr Niggermeier and "super-cute" student ...

Volume: 5

The Crustacean Graveyard

A fall sturm sweeps through Fredenbüll, bringing nothing good to the North Frisian coastal village. Horse rider Hauke Schröder discovers Aunt Telse dead in his Ford Mustang, a series of burglaries unsettles the villagers, and strange things are happening on Westeroog, the nearby Hallig island. A ...
Volume: 8

Murders Hate Herring

Fredenbüll goes Reeperbahn
A fall storm washes a container ship full of electronics scrap up on Fredenbüll's coast. Between the snarled cables and discarded screens, a body appears! Everything points toward murder - and to the likelihood that the crime happened in Hamburg. In ...
Volume: 7