Hannes Niehaus is brand new to his job, and his attention is not exclusively focused on police work—he has not yet let go of his athletic ambition, and he spends his mornings training for the Summer Olympics. But he’s excited to learn from his partner, Detective Chief Fritz Janssen, homicide, who is so experienced he can smell the next clue before it surfaces. There is no motive Fritz hasn’t heard of, and he excels at putting himself in the killer’s shoes. At first the two investigators have little in common, as Fritz is none too impressed by Hannes’s interests outside the force, and regardless, he prefers to work alone. But this gives Fritz something to razz Hannes about, and soon they are laughing together. As evidence comes to light, the bond between Hannes and Fritz builds—and so does their case.
And in the end, after some jaw-dropping twists and turns I won’t spoil for you, I found myself wishing for more bodies to turn up along the craggy Baltic Sea coast so I could see these detectives in action again. Luckily I don’t have to wait too long for the sequel, The Northern Cross.
- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor