The Snowman

The Snowman

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by Jörg Fauser
     
 

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“Prose that penetrates the reader’s mind like speed, fast paced, without an ounce of fat.”—Weltwoche

He’s found five pounds of top--quality Peruvian cocaine in a suit-case. Pur-sued by the police and drug traffickers the luckless Blum falls prey to the frenzied paranoia of the cocaine addict and dealer. This is a fast-paced

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“Prose that penetrates the reader’s mind like speed, fast paced, without an ounce of fat.”—Weltwoche

He’s found five pounds of top--quality Peruvian cocaine in a suit-case. Pur-sued by the police and drug traffickers the luckless Blum falls prey to the frenzied paranoia of the cocaine addict and dealer. This is a fast-paced thriller written with acerbic humour, a hardboiled evocation of drug-fuelled existence and a penetrating observation of those at the edge of German society.

Having broken his addiction to on heroin at the age of thirty, Jörg Fauser spent much of the rest of his life dependent on alcohol. He died aged forty-three in 1987, run over by a truck at four am on a German highway.

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Publishers Weekly
Fauser, a heroin addict until he kicked the habit at 30, pulls no punches in his lean, darkly comic debut crime thriller, first published in 1981 in his native Germany, where it sold more than 200,000 copies and was made into a film. German porn merchant Blum is having a tough time pushing his dated Danish skin magazines in Malta. ("Afghanis might get some satisfaction from these products, but in my view they have no artistic merit," a Pakistani porn dealer tells him.) With the Maltese police breathing down his neck, Blum seizes the chance to transport five pounds of Peruvian flake to Ostend, but he soon discovers the job is more trouble-and indeed far more dangerous-than it's worth. Part of the pleasure of following Blum's low-life adventures is the sense that they're closely based on the author's own. Bitter Lemon deserves kudos for introducing this fine German noir to an American audience. (Feb.) FYI: Fauser produced two more crime novels before he was killed on his 43rd birthday after wandering onto a highway and being hit by a truck. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904738961
Publisher:
Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
190
Sales rank:
974,384
File size:
327 KB

Meet the Author

Jörg Fauser, born in 1944 in Germany, was a novelist, essayist and journalist. Having broken his dependency on heroin at the age of thirty he spent much of the rest of his working life dependent on alcohol. He nevertheless produced three highly successful novels including The Snowman and much praised essays of literary criticism. On July 16th 1987 he had been celebrating his forty third birthday. At dawn, instead of going back to his home in Munich, he wandered on to a stretch of motorway, by chance or by choice, and was struck down by a truck. He died instantly. Translator of The Snowman.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Malta Police Inspector Cassar takes Mr. Blum in for questioning because the ¿tourist¿ has quite a record according to Interpol. Blum hides his tourist vacation of not finding a buyer for his illegally obtained collection of Danish pornography. Though his one month visa expires in three days, Cassar informs Blum to leave before the expiration for one hour past will lead to his becoming a guest of the island¿s civil prison Kordin.--- Through an Aussie friend, Blum meets fellow illegal dealer Rossi, who likes his women more girly that adult. Blum offers his classic collection from the late 1960s for sale, but soon after attending a party on Rossi¿s boat, Blum ends up with a train station luggage ticket that leads him to five pounds of Peruvian cocaine inside the suitcase he picks up. However, instead of easily selling the flakes, Blum¿s luck remains bad as the German police, drug traffickers, and cocaine users want what he possesses gratis. If killing him is needed so be it.--- THE SNOWMAN is an excellent wild crime thriller starring an unlikable hardboiled anti-heroic con artist who lands in one increasingly more difficult scenario after another. The police procedural story line is told mostly from the perspective of the pursued making for an intriguing upside down twist to they sub-genre. Fans will appreciate this terrific action-packed look at those beneath the German societal food chain by a talented deceased author who apparently observed much of his cast first hand as THE SNOWMAN feels in some ways autobiographic fiction.--- Harriet Klausner