The Spoke

The Spoke

By Friedrich Glauser; Mike Mitchell (Translator)

Bitter Lemon Press, Paperback, 9781904738275, 185pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2009


Praise for Friedrich Glauser's other Sergeant Studer novels:

"Fever "is a deviously plotted procedural. Not many can outdo Friedrich Glauser. "The New York Times"

This gem contains echoes of Durrenmatt, Fritz Lang's film "M "and Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain." Both a compelling mystery and an illuminating finely wrought mainstream novel, "Matto's Realm "will make it clear to American readers why the German language prize for detective fiction is named after Glauser. "Publishers Weekly"

"Thumbprint "is a fine example of the craft of detective writing in a period which fans will regard as the golden age of crime fiction. "The Sunday Telegraph"

This is the fifth, and last, novel in the much-acclaimed Sergeant Studer series. Why must the festive dinner in the Hirschen Inn be interrupted? A murder puts an end to the wedding celebration of Studer's daughter. A man is found with a sharpened bicycle spoke embedded in his back, and a suspect is quickly arrested a bit too quickly, thinks Studer. Property speculation, usury, and betrayed love find their way into this tightly written mystery novel that calls on Studer's intuitive, often absurd, yet efficient police methods.

"The Spoke," a European crime classic, was first published in 1937. It has been translated into six languages. This is its first publication in English.

Friedrich Glauser is a legendary figure in European crime writing. He was a morphine and opium addict much of his life and began writing crime novels while he was an inmate at the Swiss insane asylum Waldau.

About the Author
Diagnosed a schizophrenic, addicted to morphine and opium, Glauser spent the greater part of his life in psychiatric wards, insane asylums and prison. His Sergeant Studer novels have ensured his place as a cult figure in Europe.

Mike Mitchell was born and brought up in the north-east of Scotland and has spent a lifetime in transport management, first with British Rail and later with FirstGroup plc, where he was Chief Operating Officer. He was Managing Director of First Aberdeen, the successor of Aberdeen Corporation Transport in the mid 1990s. He has written several books and articles on the history of tramways and transport in north east Scotland. He now lives in West Yorkshire.