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The Russian Donation

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Doctor Felix Hoffmann is a seasoned physician at a Berlin hospital, respected by colleagues and devoted to his intelligent girlfriend, Celine. It’s a life filled with medical work, televised soccer games, and the chill of German beer.

And when a former patient shows up dead by causes unknown, curiosity and sheer medical devotion propel Hoffmann to investigate. But his autopsy order goes unfulfilled as the body is cremated and hospital records vanish. Soon, Hoffmann discovers a ...

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Overview

Doctor Felix Hoffmann is a seasoned physician at a Berlin hospital, respected by colleagues and devoted to his intelligent girlfriend, Celine. It’s a life filled with medical work, televised soccer games, and the chill of German beer.

And when a former patient shows up dead by causes unknown, curiosity and sheer medical devotion propel Hoffmann to investigate. But his autopsy order goes unfulfilled as the body is cremated and hospital records vanish. Soon, Hoffmann discovers a diagnosis of conspiratorial proportions, and he must risk everything to save not only himself but the hospital he’s always loved.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Spielberg’s stellar series kickoff, which won Germany’s Friedrich Glauser prize for best debut crime novel, introduces reluctant detective Felix Hoffmann, “a Don Quixote in scrubs,” who’s been an attending ER physician for eight years at a Berlin teaching hospital. Half a year earlier, soon after Hoffman treated Misha Chenkov, a Russian on the hospital’s cleaning staff, apparently successfully, Chenkov disappeared. Now, Hoffmann, who was looking forward to watching a soccer game on TV, is called at short notice to cover for a colleague on the night shift. His first case is Chenkov, whose skin looks yellow. The patient quickly expires—or was he DOA? Hoffmann, doubtful that Chenkov died of natural causes, thinks that something more alarming is at play. Disappearing medical records only heighten his suspicions. Hoffmann and his girlfriend, Celine, make a winning investigative pair, and his endearing persona elevates this well above the majority of hospital-based mysteries. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612184302
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Dr. Hoffmann Series , #1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 791,097
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cardiologist and Agatha Christie prize-winning author Christoph Spielberg lives in Berlin, Germany, where his mystery novels have gained national notoriety. Spielberg was awarded the prestigious Friedrich Glauser prize from the German Crime Writers Association for The Russian Donation, the first in his ongoing Dr. Hoffmann crime series, and his books have been translated into both English and Japanese.

Critical acclaim for the Dr. Hoffmann series has prompted the German ZDF television network to produce a run of TV movies based on the novels. Today, Spielberg continues to draw from his medical experience, writing novels, short stories, and providing medical care to his patients.

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