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THE SNAKE MOUTH (working title)

Jörg Fauser

  • Original Title: DAS SCHLANGENMAUL
  • Publication date: December 1985
  • Publisher: ULLSTEIN BUCHVERLAGE GMBH
  • Country: DE
  • 267 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Germany
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Power, Corruption

Pitch

Heinz is a burnt-out journalist who is also a "search expert for unusual cases". His first client is rich and looking for her disappeared daughter. Things get increasingly dangerous for Heinz in the Berlin of fly-by-night businessmen, illegal clubs and dubious political and financial dealings.

Comments

Jörg Fauser (1944 - 1987) was a German writer, poet and journalist. The influence of the American beat generation literature on his works is well known. His later works are mostly German detective stories. DER SCHNEEMANN has been made into a movie.

Summary

Grubby backyard clubs, dark gambling dens, and in their midst politicians and wheeler-dealers.

"Search expert for unusual cases" is what Heinz Harder calls himself in his small ad. In real life an unemployed, burnt-out glossymagazine hack, his first client is rich and beautiful and looking for her disappeared daughter. For the "journalist, detective and knight in shining armour", things get increasingly dangerous in the Berlin of fly-by-night businessmen, illegal clubs and dubious political and financial dealings where the trail leads him.

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  • Author’s biography

    Jörg Fauser (1944 - 1987) is a German writer, poet and journalist. The influence of the American beat generation literature on his works is well known. His later works are mostly German detective stories. DER SCHNEEMANN has been made into a movie. He died when a truck hit him while walking on a motorway near Munich. His autobiographical novel, ROHSTOFF, a look at the German counter-culture scene of the late 60s and early 70s, has been translated into English by Jamie Bulloch.