Coroner is the perfect job for Dr. Martin Gänsewein, who spends his days in peace and quiet autopsying dead bodies for the city of Cologne. Shy, but scrupulous, Martin appreciates his taciturn clients—until the day one of them starts talking to him. It seems the ghost of a recently deceased (and surprisingly chatty) small-time car thief named Pascha is lingering near his lifeless body in drawer number four of Martin’s morgue. He remains for one reason: his “accidental” death was, in fact, murder. Pascha is furious his case will go unsolved—to say nothing of his body’s dissection upon Martin’s autopsy table. But since Martin is the only person Pascha can communicate with, the ghost settles in with the good pathologist, determined to bring the truth of his death to light. Now Martin’s staid life is rudely upended as he finds himself navigating Cologne’s red-light district and the dark world of German car smuggling. Unless Pascha can come up with a plan—and fast—Martin will soon be joining him in the spirit world. Witty and unexpected, Morgue Drawer Four introduces a memorable (and reluctant) detective unlike any other in fiction today.
Morgue Drawer Four was shortlisted for Germany’s 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel.
About the Author
Jutta Profijt was born in 1967 in Ratingen, Germany. After finishing school, she lived abroad working as an au pair, an importer/exporter, a coach to executives and students, and a business English instructor. She published her first novel in 2003 and today works as a freelance writer and translator. Her first novel featuring coroner Martin Gänsewein, Morgue Drawer Four, won Germany’s 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had alot of fun reading this book (the first in a series) and recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries, snappy dialogue and creativity from an author. It does require a suspension of disbelief as the narrator is a small-time crook named Pascia who was murdered -- but his death set up to appear as an accident. He "speaks" to and can only be heard by the medical examiner named Martin who must determine the cause of death as part of his job. Martin is not your typical hero -- he is unassuming, somewhat hapless, forgettable in appearance and does not want to make waves. (Pascia makes that quite impossible.) Along the way, this unlikely duo learn alot about life, each other and begin to make strides towards changing their paths. Yes, this formula has been done before in many ways, but there is a charming freshness to the story and a cheekiness to both Pascia and later to Martin that is enormously appealing. Written in German and translated to English.