A Sergeant Studer Mystery
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Fever by Friedrich Glauser
Book DescriptionWhen two women are "accidently" killed by gas leaks, Sergeant Studer investigates the thinly disguised double murder in Bern and Basel. The trail leads to a geologist dead from a tropical fever in a Moroccan Foreign Legion post and a murky oil deal involving rapacious politicians and their henchmen. With the help of a hashish-induced dream and the common sense of his stay-at-home wife, Studer solves the multiple riddles on offer. But assigning guilt remains an elusive affair. "Fever", a European crime classic, was first published in 1936. It has been translated into four languages. This is its first publication in English and the third in the "Sergeant Studer" series published by Bitter Lemon Press.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781904738145
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Bitter Lemon Press
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Friedrich Glauser
Spoke, Paperback (February 2008)
A murder puts an end to the wedding celebration of Studer's daughter. A man is found with a sharpened bicycle spoke embedded in his back, and a suspect is quickly arrested - a bit too quickly, thinks Studer. This cult novel of the 1930's is the fifth and last of the Sergeant Studer mystery series.
Chinaman, Paperback (February 2007)
Anna, who died of a gastric influenza, left behind handkerchiefs with traces of arsenic. Then, James Farny was found murdered, with a single pistol shot to the heart and no hole in his clothing. Did the fact that the poorhouse inmates had to survive on watery cabbage soup while the Warden drank vintage wines have anything to do with the murders?
In Matto's Realm, Paperback (January 2005)
Set in an insane asylum from which a child murderer has escaped, this novel explores the blurred line that separates madness from reason.
Thumbprint, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by Friedrich Glauser
The death of a salesman in a Swiss forest appears to be an open and shut case, with an obvious suspect and a confession. But nothing is what it seems, and Sergeant Studer's investigation soon shatters the glassy facade of Switzerland's tidy villages, manicured forests and seemingly placid citizens.
US Kirkus Review » Obsessive Police Sergeant Studer investigates a pair of strange murders in a strange land.A pleasant meal at a Parisian bistro turns positively giddy for the imposing Studer, a German-born former Detective Inspector working his way back up the ranks since being busted after a scandal (In Matto's Realm, Jan. 2006, etc.). The liberal drinking is interrupted by an exciting telegram telling him that he's become a grandfather for the first time. When his host, Commissaire Madelin, asks Studer to accompany him to Basel on minor police business, the incurably curious Studer accepts. They're joined by Father Matthias, a silky-voiced cleric who weaves a baroque tale of a clairvoyant colonel and a pair of women Matthias thinks are in danger. Indeed, two elderly women are found dead in their flats, both gassed, one in Bern and one in Basel. Local police are inclined to rule both deaths accidental, but not Studer, whose iconoclastic and sometimes paranoid probe spans the nation and stretches back a generation. The ensuing plot, like Studer's life, favors the scenic route over tight logic and methodical analysis. Quirky characters abound. Studer dabbles in early fingerprint and fiber analysis, trades crime theories with his equally eccentric wife and nearly dies after being arrested in a massive misunderstanding.First published in 1936, Glauser's offbeat tale, alternately chilling and droll, offers welcome insight into early European crime fiction. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Friedrich Glauser
Diagnosed a schizophrenic, addicted to morphine and opium, Glauser spent the greater part of his life in psychiatric wards, insane asylums and prison. His Sergeant Studer novels have ensured his place as a cult figure in Europe. Germany's most prestigious crime fiction award is called the Glauser prize.
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