lebenslaenglich philipp moog
July 2008 / 189pp

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The setting of this stylish first thriller is Munich and the killer, through whose diary the story is told, is a short, fat, bank teller with thinning red hair and piggy features, full of pathological selfloathing and a misfit both outside the bank and within. Hopelessly he lusts after two pretty female colleagues, but the only person who lusts after him is, unfortunately, the sexually aggressive Marlene, whose bawdy physicality and insistent pleas he finds repulsive. Right from the start of the book the reader knows he is in sure authorial hands, debut effort though this is, as the first of the bank teller’s victims disappears over a precipice, helped on his way by a hefty clunk on the back of the head with a rock. It is one of the pretty girls’ boyfriends, and the other’s will soon be dead, too.

Inevitably the police investigations reach the bank, and as the circle of suspicion is about to narrow down to the narrator, Marlene, in a last-ditch attempt to cement their relationship, throws him an alibi.

With its claustrophobic settings, skilfully ambiguous ending and terrific pacing, this page-turner’s a winner.

about the author

Philipp Moog was born in 1961. An actor and screenwriter, this is his first novel. He lives in Munich.

rights information

DuMont Buchverlag GmbH & Co. KG
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50735 Cologne, Germany
Tel: +49 221 2241942
Contact: Judith Habermas 

DuMont Buchverlag was founded in 1956. Stressing the link between literature and art, the firm focuses both on these subjects and also, more recently, on general nonfiction. Its authors include John von Düffel, Michel Houellebecq, Helmut Krausser, Martin Kluger, Judith Kuckart, Thomas Kling, Annette Mingels, Haruki Murakami, Charlotte Roche, Claude Simon, Edward St. Aubyn, Tilman Rammstedt, Raphael Urweider, and Dirk Wittenborn.

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Applications should be made to the Goethe-Institut.

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