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Being On Fire

"Hartmut lived with us. Yesterday he set himself on fire."

When it comes to soccer, ten-year-old Hanno Kelsterberg knows everything there is to know. This is also true when it comes to staging demonstrations. For the past two years, the ascetic protester Hartmut Gründler has been ...

Rights sold: Arab language

We'll Meet Again in the Hereafter

The last night of Heinrich von Kleist und Henriette Vogel

On November 21 st 1811, on the shores of Lake Wannsee near Potsdam, the writer and dramatist Heinrich von Kleist shot first Henriette Vogel and then himself.

On the day of his death, Kleist composed a letter to his sister Ulrike, writing these now-famous words: "The truth ...


A Short Story About A Woman Who Couldn’t Be Faithful


Outwardly Eva's life appears to be almost perfect: a house and garden on the outskirts of Berlin, three children, an arty husband and - a lover. Whilst on holiday in Norway she comes across a painting by Edvard Munch and is thunderstruck by its impact upon her. After this ...


Twilight of the Gods

The third case for criminal profiler Wencke Tydmers

Wencke Tydmers has to go to Iceland to stand in for her boss at a symposium - but as things stand, the criminal profiler really has no time for this kind of thing. Her job is on the line, her lover's wife is just about to have a baby, and who's supposed to take care of her son ...


Valada's Sunken Gardens

Cordoba, 11th century AD: the great caliphate era is drawing to a close, but Cordoba still shines with imperial splendour. Princess Valada, daughter of Caliph Muhammad III, grows up in a time of power struggles, but also a time of unusually great freedom. Following the murder of her ...


The War of the Doves

Criminal profiler Wencke Tydmers' second case

On the banks of Lake Pinnow in East Germany, a pool of blood is congealing on the floor of a brutally wrecked clubhouse owned by the notorious Devil Doves motorcycle gang. But there is no trace of a body. DNA analysis identifies the blood as that of Leo Kellerbach, hotshot solicitor and ...


Death's Bride

Even when she's asleep, she looks guilty…

... Shameless. Stripped of petals like a rose… Shirin Talabani, 31, is dead. The strangulation marks on the Kurdish single mother's throat speak for themselves. Suspicion immediately falls on her ...