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Beton Rouge

by Simone Buchholz

Part of the Chastity Riley Series

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Modern and Contemporary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Beton Rouge

Take a fascinating and oh so readable journey into the darker side of life, where you need to be able to see in the dark to have an understanding of it. This is the second in the ‘Chastity Riley series’, the first book Blue Night was one of my favourites from last year, so I was waiting for this with huge anticipation, and I can confirm that Beton Rouge is another wonderfully compelling read. State Prosecutor Chastity Riley is teamed with a new partner after a manager of a German magazine is found unconscious in a cage suffering torture wounds. The chapter headings are little lightening bolts of fabulous. Simone Buchholz, with Rachel Ward as translator, creates in less than 200 pages the most taut, incredible intensity. I adore her writing as it takes you into the misty half world between lyrical beauty and raw, grim necessity. Beton Rouge is a killer read, original, unusual and yet I felt that a part of it, in fact a part of Chastity, lodged itself deeply within my soul, it’s quite simply fabulous.

Liz Robinson

Beton Rouge Synopsis

On a warm September morning, an unconscious man is found in a cage at the entrance to the offices of one of the biggest German newspapers. Closer inspection shows he is a manager of the company, and he's been tortured. Three days later, another manager appears in similar circumstances. Chastity Riley and her new colleague Ivo Stepanovic are tasked with uncovering the truth behind the attacks, an investigation that goes far beyond the revenge they first suspect ... to the dubious past shared by both victims. Travelling to the south of Germany, they step into the elite world of boarding schools, where secrets are currency, and monsters are bred ... monsters who will stop at nothing to protect themselves. A smart, dark, probing thriller, full of all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the very best noir, Beton Rouge is both a classic whodunit and a scintillating expose of society, by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction. 

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Beton Rouge Press Reviews

By turns lyrical and pithy ... disgraced state prosecutor Chastity Riley chases around the dive bars of the port city pursuing and being pursued by a beguiling cast of cops, criminals and chums, delivering scalding one-liners as she goes. Lots of fun' Sunday Times

`If Philip Marlowe and Bernie Gunther had a literary love child, it might just explain Chastity Riley - Simone Buchholz's tough, acerbic, utterly engaging central character' William Ryan

`Simone Buchholz writes with real authority and a pungent, noir-is sense of time and space. Blue Night is a palpable hit' Barry Forshaw

`A dream of a read for me, relatively short, different, beautifully written, and full of jarring, jolting impact ... one of my books of the year' LoveReading

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ISBN: 9781912374595
Publication date: 28/02/2019
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912374595
Publication date: 28th February 2019
Author: Simone Buchholz
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Simone Buchholz

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the second Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

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