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The Missing

Translated by Imogen Taylor

Hanover, 1923. Boys are vanishing, one after another, without a trace. At first police suspect political motivations—perhaps the missing boys are communists, defecting to the newly formed USSR, or victims of the rising Nazi Party.

Soon, however, Inspector Robert Lahnstein begins to believe even more sinister forces are at play: is a killer at work? Can Lahnstein track down the murderer before he takes another victim?

Based on the true crimes of Fritz Haarmann, the fabled Butcher of Hanover, this gripping new novel by Dirk Kurbjuweit explores the depths of human depravity and offers a dark portrait of justice during the Weimar Republic.

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Dirk Kurbjuweit
About the Author

Dirk Kurbjuweit is a journalist at Der Spiegel and lives in Berlin. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for journalism, and is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, many of which have been adapted for film, television, theatre and radio.

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About the Translator

Imogen Taylor is a literary translator based in Berlin. Her translations include Fear and Twins by Dirk Kurbjuweit, Sascha Arango’s The Truth and Other Lies and Melanie Raabe’s The Trap, The Stranger and The Shadow.

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Extent:
352pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
30 March 2021
ISBN:
9781922330444
AU Price:
$32.99
NZ Price:
$38.00
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Praise for Dirk Kurbjuweit
andThe Missing

Fear shifts our moral codes. It makes us sympathetic to violent revenge, accessories to murder. Do we want the victim to survive? No, we don’t. Long after I had put this book down I still didn’t. A great achievement.’

Fear is a smart, psychologically complex and morally acute fable of modern German society decked out in the garb of an intricate thriller…This is a wry, complex, at times disturbing survey of middle-class German life in the decades since the end of World War II.’

‘Dirk is such an extraordinary writer.’

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    ISBN: 9781925923858
    30 March 2021
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