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Black Ice

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
“A natural storyteller who, just like Patricia Highsmith, is interested in teasing out the catastrophes that result from the banal coincidences of daily life.”—Weltwoche

When Erika, an attractive local heiress, falls to her death near her lakeside villa, the police conclude it was a tragic accident. Scholten, a longtime employee of Erika’s, isn’t so sure. He knows a thing o
Paperback, 334 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published March 1st 2001)
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Jul 02, 2008 Qt rated it really liked it
When Scholten's boss Erika Wallman is found dead, he is certain she was murdered; what's more, he's sure he knows who did it. But his suspect has a perfect alibi, so Scholten tries to figure out how the murder was committed. In a way, the book is more of a "how"-dun-it than a "who"-dun-it. There are also some twists I never expected.

I found this book quite interesting; it is a fairly psychological mystery, and quite engrossing. It took me a bit to get into the writing style, but once I did, I li
Jan 20, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, european
BLACK ICE is the first of German author Hans Werner Kettenbach's novels to be translated into English, and it's taken me from it's original publication date of 2005 to read it. Which is good in one way as there appears to have been more books since then. Which are now on my immediate buy list and I know that is probably going to sound very strange, as this isn't a particularly straightforward book.

Scholten, the long-time employee of Erica Wallman, isn't a pleasant man. He's probably one of the m
Oct 15, 2014 John rated it it was ok
When his boss Erika Wallmann falls to her death off a cliffside flight of stairs and her husband takes over the family firm, only Jupp Scholten refuses to believe it was an accident: he thinks it was murder. No saint himself, he sets out to show how Wallmann could have done it . . . and succeeds. At the same time, Scholten realizes that the cops will never accept his circumstantial evidence and that there's a chance he could incriminate Wallmann while simultaneously getting rid of his own ghastl ...more
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Jul 24, 2015 Peter Jakobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-developing story: a man finds out how his boss has killed his wife - and does the same with his own wife.
Kettenbach's noir protagonist is a surly, self-obsessed loser married to a nagging wife who knows him all too well. When the only admirable person in his life is found dead at her summer home he is convinced her husband (his new boss) has murdered her. When his determination to uncover the method of her 'murder' crosses paths with his antipathy towards his wife, screws start to come loose. Throughout, the reader is trapped inside this lunatic's head, following every twist in his obsessive determ ...more
Sep 29, 2009 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is written as the musings of a man considering a crime he thought someone committed. Funny in spots and also a bit sad and depressing.
The part that riled me is that it doesn't have a clear ending so was left hanging wondering what in the world happened.
Dec 15, 2007 Traci rated it really liked it
German noir tale with a protagonist who is a drunkard and a lout, but it was an engrossing read.
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