The Crime Writers’ Association

Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger 2014


Simon Urban

tr. Katy Derbyshire

Plan D

Published by: Harvill Secker

This novel impressed with its ambitious, wide-ranging counterfactual history of two Germanies in which nothing happened in 1989. In this East Germany, everyday life under dictatorship requires remarkable navigational skills, which Wegener, the detective, does not always possess. Urban’s evocation of grimy corruption is punctuated with wit, not least in the conclusion. Another fine debut.

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