The Crime Writers' Association

International 2014

Simon Urban
tr. Katy Derbyshire
Plan D
shortlisted
Harvill Secker

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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.