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The second rider / Alex Beer ; translated from the German by Tim Mohr.
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2nd rider
ISBN:
9781609454722
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New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2018.

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319 pages ; 21 cm.
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Original title: Der zweite Reiter. Ein fall für August Emmerich -- Title page verso.
Abstract:
For three months, Inspector August Emmerich has been on the trail of Veit Kolja, the head of a large-scale black market smuggling operation that supplies people with basic needs that remain scarce in a city still devastated by World War I. Emmerich dreams of a reassignment to the elite division that handles homicides and hopes to showcase his deductive skills after his inexperienced new assistant stumbles across a corpse in the woods. The coroner and Emmerich's boss, District Inspector Leopold Sander, are eager to label the death a suicide, even after a second body turns up. Emmerich resists Sander's directives to devote himself to the smuggling ring, even as he grapples with debilitating pain from a war wound as well as a devastating development in his personal life.
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"A thrilling, deeply satisfying debut novel by 'the new star of Austrian crime fiction'."-- Kronen Zeitung

Most of the remaining population of Vienna--a city scarred by World War I in which the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire is a fading memory--is surviving by its wits, living hand to mouth in a city rife with crime, prostitution, and grotesquely wounded beggars. There are shakedowns on every street corner, the black market is the only market, and shortages of vital goods create countless opportunities for unscrupulous operators.

Into this cauldron of vice comes Inspector August Emmerich, a veteran himself, whose ambitions lead him to break the rules when necessary and whose abiding wish is to join the Viennese major crimes unit. When a corpse is found in the woods outside the city and immediately labeled a suicide, Emmerich, convinced it was nothing of the sort, sees a chance to prove his mettle. His investigations will reveal an insidious and homicidal urge lurking in the city.

The Second Rider is the first volume in a gripping and bestselling series featuring police agent August Emmerich.


Author Notes

Alex Beer was born in Bregenz, Austria, and studied archeology. She now lives in Vienna. This is her English-language debut.

Tim Mohr 's published translations include novels by Wolfgang Herrndorf, Stefanie de Velasco, Charlotte Roche, and Alina Bronsky. He has collaborated on memoirs by musicians Paul Stanley, Gil Scott-Heron, and Duff McKagan.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Austrian author Beer makes her English-language debut with this outstanding series launch set in 1919 Vienna. For three months, Insp. August Emmerich has been on the trail of Veit Kolja, the head of a large-scale black market smuggling operation that supplies people with basic needs-food, medicine, and clothing-that remain scarce in a city still devastated by WWI. Emmerich dreams of a reassignment to the elite division that handles homicides and hopes to showcase his deductive skills after his inexperienced new assistant stumbles across a corpse in the woods. The dead man is eventually identified as war veteran Dietrich Jost, who suffered from extreme shell shock. The coroner and Emmerich's boss, District Insp. Leopold Sander, are eager to label Jost's death a suicide, even after a second body turns up. Emmerich resists Sander's directives to devote himself to the smuggling ring, even as he grapples with debilitating pain from a war wound as well as a devastating development in his personal life. Despite the plot's essential grimness, Beer is able to inject some humor. Fans of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series will be intrigued. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.