An exceptional crime novel.
It's been a long time since any crime author started out so strongly, so visually.
Oliver Bottini, one of the few German authors who play in crime-writing's premier league, really knows how to tell a good story.
A piercing examination of our reality . . . Bottini uses the full potential of the genre to look deep into humanity's abyss and sees there the concealed traumas of German society
Tension without brutality, local colour without small-minded sentimentality, good intelligent reading with depth.
The first of his award-winning Black Forest novels to appear in English. It has an arresting opening image: a Buddhist monk with a head injury strides across the snowy landscape of the border country between Germany and France . . . a surprising and genuinely shocking case.
A nicely done shock thriller
An atmospheric, original story that will keep you hooked to the final heart-rending revelations
Bottini has established himself as a strong new voice in crime with this inventive mystery . . . The fictional landscape is beguiling and the story utterly gripping
With its cinematic writing style, its brilliant sense of location and its strong visual depiction of an inhospitable landscape, Zen provides an intelligent and engrossing crossover novel between a police procedural and the study of an individual's personal collapse