Today I am very pleased to be included on the Blog Tour for Simone Buchholz’s new book Blue Night
The book was published by Orenda Books 24th December 2017
About the book
After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived… Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors
This is the first book in a brand new series by Simone Buchholz, and translated from the original German by Rachel Ward. It is also the first book of Simone’s I have read, but won’t be the last as it was a great introduction into German Noir. I personally love Scandi Noir so it was an obvious comparison to make between the two, and this book is a very close second, but that could be that I got into Scandi Noir first.
The book itself follows an ex-prosecutor turned Witness Protection Officer Chastity Riley as she is assigned to protect a man in hospital and then when he wakes and gets dragged into his world.
The main character Chastity is a great main character, who had a brilliant attitude, with her drinking and smoking and sense of humour. The rest of the main characters are really great as well, all of them have great back stories, which are unveiled throughout the story.
I was hooked to the story right from the start and couldn’t put it down until the very end.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, and can’t wait to read the next one in the series
To purchase the book click on the link below
About the Author
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 runner-up for 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.