(From the publisher):
It is Christmas in the Alpine town of Furth am See and six-year-old girl is playing ludo with her grandfather. The doorbell rings and the old man gets up. The next time the girl sees her grandfather, he lying by the barn, his skull broken, his face a mashed pulp against the white snow. From that time on, she does not speak a single word.
Raffael Horn, the psychiatrist engaged to treat the silent child, reluctantly becomes involved in solving the crime along with Detective Ludwig Kovacs. Their penetrating gaze sweeps through the town: a young mother who believes her baby is the devil; a Benedictine monk who uses his iPod to drown out the voices in his head; a suicidal pensioner who enjoys beekeeping. The psychological profile of this winter-held town is far from reassuring - but which inhabitant was the brutal night-time slayer of the suffering girl's grandfather?
Original title: Die Süße des Lebens
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense