They hunt you down. And then they kill you.
(A Game of Life and Death)
by Jan Beck
Penguin Germany, July 2020
(chez Verlagsgruppe Random House – voir catalogue)
When someone asks Mavie about her cool glow-in-the-dark tattoo at a party, she thinks they’re joking. But then she sees it herself, in the light on the dancefloor – and panics. How did the scorpion get on her skin? Mavie has no idea that the sign makes her the target of a sinister game. Meanwhile, detectives Inga Björk and Christian Brand are investigating the case of a jogger found brutally murdered in a forest. They don’t know that this is just the beginning of a sadistic series of murders – and that the only way they can stop it is by changing sides and joining in the deadly game …
Jan Beck, born in 1975, is the pen name of a successful German-language author and former lawyer. With his action-packed debut thriller DAS SPIEL, Beck takes the reader all the way into the darkest reaches of the human soul.