The Higher You Are, The Further You Fall

Thriller / Crime, Fiction

For God's sake, enough of this hiking!

Theophil Kornmeier is a strange man. He is eccentric, tight-lipped, and struggling with a traumatic childhood that he is yet to overcome – indeed, when he was still a child, his little brother fell off a mountain while hiking in the Alps. And Kornmeier never got over this tragedy. So he decides that it is high time to face his past. But where does one even begin? To Kornmeier, at least, it seems obvious: he needs to hike across the Alps himself. 

Given his lack of experience, he decides to join a hiking group. He comes to regret this decision, though, when he is introduced to the motley crew that is to be his team – an overambitious pensioner, a seductive Alpine Lolita, and an underambitious guide – who all push Kornmeier to the end of his tether. To make matters worse, there is a murderer on the loose, creeping unscrupulously along lonely, stony paths and around the cosy mountain huts...

  • Wintry cosy mystery, against a beautiful Alpine backdrop
  • A highly comic hike of terror through the Alps
Anne Bandel

Anne Bandel has been working as a dentist for twenty-two years, and as a jazz and chanson singer for ten. Yet her heart always has and always will beat for the Alps – and for her stubborn protagonist Theophil Kornmeier. 'Von oben fällt man tiefer' (‘The Higher You Are, The Further You Fall’) is her first novel.

The Higher You Are, The Further You Fall

For God's sake, enough of this hiking!

Theophil Kornmeier is a strange man. He is eccentric, tight-lipped, and struggling with a traumatic childhood that he is yet to overcome – indeed, when he was still a child, his little brother fell off a mountain while hiking in the Alps. And Kornmeier never got over this tragedy. So he decides that it is high time to face his past. But where does one even begin? To Kornmeier, at least, it seems obvious: he needs to hike across the Alps himself. 

Given his lack of experience, he decides to join a hiking group. He comes to regret this decision, though, when he is introduced to the motley crew that is to be his team – an overambitious pensioner, a seductive Alpine Lolita, and an underambitious guide – who all push Kornmeier to the end of his tether. To make matters worse, there is a murderer on the loose, creeping unscrupulously along lonely, stony paths and around the cosy mountain huts...

  • Wintry cosy mystery, against a beautiful Alpine backdrop
  • A highly comic hike of terror through the Alps
Bibliographic Data
272 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-21992-1
First published 2022