SETTING: COLOGNE
setting crime novel

„She takes the footpath along the canal, which she fell in love with immediately. The air tastes of rain, the asphalt glitters. The bare tops of the horse chestnut trees accentuate the sparse light of the streetlamps. On weekends she’s alone here at this time of day – not even the untiring joggers and pensioners with their fattened lapdogs are out yet.“

setting crime novel

„Drizzle settles on her hair, her face, her coat. Millions of minute droplets, inexorably destroying evidence. How much time has passed since the body was found? Too long. Judith picks up speed. The tracks shine cold in the light of the torch, the train’s headlights blind Judith.“

setting crime novel

„She got herself a car from the police fleet and steered it onto the Zoo Bridge. Later the pain will come, the flip side of her rage; she knows that from experience. She winds down the window and lights a cigarette. There’s something else. There’s something we can’t see. Again, Judith is sure this is true.“

setting crime novel

„Sleeping swans glide across the water like dreams. She stops for a moment and watches them. Swans are creatures of luxury. There are no swans where she comes from.“

NIGHT WITHOUT SHADOWS
© Gisa Klönne