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Altötting, Germany
About Me:
I´m a reader of (mostly american) crime fiction. Short reviews of mine are posted on Dieter Paul Rudolph's blog "watching the detectives" and on my own one.

I earn my books as a medical microbiologist.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Eleanor Taylor Bland, Christopher Brookmyre, Ken Bruen, John Le Carre, Thomas H. Cook, James Ellroy, Alan Furst, William Kent Krueger, T. Jefferson Parker, George P. Pelecanos, and more
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Hammett Prize winner announced

The Gumshoe site just reported that Gil Adamson's The Outlander won the Hammett Prize 2007.

There is a certain consequence to it: If they nominated it, they could let it win. It is definitely a fine book.

My congratulations to the winner.

The other nominees could be seen -> here.

Posted on June 8, 2008 at 4:25pm — 2 Comments

Only one can win: The nominees for the Hammett Prize 2007

Next weekend this year's winner of the Hammett Prize will be announced. The nominees are:

The Outlander, by Gil Adamson

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon

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Posted on June 4, 2008 at 12:05am

Declan Burke: The Big O

With the “trip to Jerusalem” THE BIG O would have no chance: The book falls between all chairs. It is not one of those humour crime novels, but it is rather subtly funny, it does not show off with local colour, still plays recognizably in Ireland, it is no real thriller, nevertheless, uses this form and it is not a noir, but is heading that way … For those who don't regularly read the blog Crime Always Pays, whose keeper Declan Burke is, THE BIG O makes it clear…


Posted on February 2, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment


In den letzten Wochen haben die meisten der bekannteren US-Krimipreise ihre Kandidaten nominiert. Lediglich der Anthony-Award fehlt noch, wird jedoch am 24.07.07 folgen.

Weitgehend unbeachtet von der Blog-Öffentlichkeit hat auch der Nordamerikanische Ableger der „International Association of Crime Writers“ (IACW/NA ) die Bücher bekannt gegeben, die für den Hammet-Prize…


Posted on July 24, 2007 at 12:33am

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At 9:55pm on November 13, 2008, carole gill said…
true, Bernd--he has taken a lot upon himself.
The test of his greatness is upon him, you're quite right!
fingers crossed!
At 11:16pm on November 7, 2008, carole gill said…
loved what you wrote about Obama visiting Berlin.
I'm an American who resides in the U.K. and I'm delighted he won.
Really feel proud now!
At 11:25pm on April 5, 2008, Craig McDonald said…
Bernd, just wanted to thank you again for your comments about "Head Games".
At 9:38am on March 17, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Bernd
No TV? That's my goal, but I'm still weaning myself off the medical dramas and comedy news.
At 11:08am on February 2, 2008, Craig McDonald said…
You've got a remarkable memory. Yes, you remember the Ellroy interview correctly. The interview, combined with an earlier one and with some additional material previously held back, will appear in Rogue Males, a second interview book to be published by Bleak House later this year.

Ellroy told me a bit off the record about volume 3 and the three characters who would anchor it, but I wasn't permitted to share much beyond the fact that Pete Bondurant won't return, and Tedrow will. Since that interview, it's been confirmed that the third volume will be called Blood's A Rover, and now involves two key female characters; whether they supplanted the original three guys Ellroy told me about in 2006 is unknown to me, although I believe the book is expected to appear this year.

Thank you very much for the well-wishes on the nomination, and I look forward to your review of Head Games.
At 7:19am on February 1, 2008, Craig McDonald said…
Thank you so much for the invitation, Bernd. And I really love that collection of vintage Carter Brown covers you've got scrolling up above.
At 3:20am on December 21, 2007, Steven Torres said…
Thanks for blogging about the book, by the way, I did mention it on my blog, but the only German speaking author I know is author IJ Parker (wonderful series set in ancient Japan - if you don't know her work, I can send you a book). Anyway, about Winspear/Bruen - I knew there had to be a similarity somewhere. Their lack of Edgars is probably it.
At 2:48am on August 16, 2007, Sandra Ruttan said…
Bernd, thanks for the invite! My German is far too rusty to even attempt here, and I'd end up embarrassing myself if I tried. It's nice to meet you and I look forward to trying to brush up my German enough to read your blog.

At 9:49am on August 11, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Wow, a microbiologist. If you ever write, that kind of character would be great for a crime novel. Thanks for being and reader and surely happy to have a friend in Germany - a wave from New Orleans, USA. My book, The Beatitudes, is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. It will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Libraries support the infrastructure of a great city, so I have started The Beatitudes Network to promote awareness of the importance of public libraries in NOLA.
The blogsite describes the Network, has excerpts from The Beatitudes, recipes, and more. Merci mille fois. Lyn Lejeune.
Writers, please pass the word…’s for a good cause….don’t let the libraries of New Orleans or the US go the way of The Great Library of Alexandria. P.S. just posted an excerpt on my Crimespace page.
At 9:07am on August 10, 2007, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
Thanks for your Comment, Bernd. Glad you liked the interview with Nancy Pickard on Poe's Deadly Daughters. I unexpectedly sat at her table at the Agatha Awards banquet (Virgin of Small Plains deservedly won Best Novel), and she is a friendly, gracious, and unpretentious lady--or as we say in the US, quite a gal! My blog sisters will be pleased to hear we have a reader in Germany--are you in Bavaria? Liz

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