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Silver Pebbles by Hansjörg Schneider
About The Book
A Lebanese man carrying diamonds in his bag is on the train from Frankfurt to Basel, a drug mule on the return journey. At the Basel train station Inspector Hunkeler is waiting for him after a tipoff from the German police. The courier manages to flush the stones away in the station WC. Erdogan, a young Turkish sewage worker, finds the diamonds in the pipes under the station. To him they mean wealth and the small hotel he always wanted to buy near his hometown. To his older Swiss girl-friend Erika, the stones signify the end of their life together. She knows that Erdogan has a wife and children in Turkey. For the courier, finding the stones is a matter of life and death. His employers are on their way to “tidy things up”. For Hunkeler the stones are the only way to get to the people behind the drug trade. They turn out to include not only the bottom feeding drug gangs, but bankers and politicians very high up the Basel food chain.
What would you do if you found a little stash of diamonds? Take them to the police, sell them or keep them for yourself? This is the question that will pop to your mind while you are reading this story “Silver Pebbles”. But there’s one thing for sure, all actions have their own consequences. Ready?
This story is told between three different voices; the man who enters the diamonds illegally to the country who is now scared for his life after losing them. We’ll see how he entered this dangerous world and now doesn’t know how to leave it. We have the man that finds the diamonds that now thinks he is rich and wants to completely change his life; and of course, we also have the police that wants to catch the head of the diamond trafficking. This is not a book to take sides, only a little sneak peak of the dangerous world of gangs.
But you can see how these little sparkly stones are so dangerous without thinking where they come from and how much money the people are winning with them.
But my favourite character of the story is Erika, the partner of the man who finds the diamonds, the one that sees the danger and doesn’t believe in luck.
This is a book to get lost and understand that nothing is black or white; grey is what rules the world.
Ready for “Silver Pebbles”?
About The Author
Hansjörg Schneider, born in Aarau, Switzerland, in 1938, worked as a teacher, and journalist. He is one of the most performed playwrights in the German language but is best known for his Inspector Hunkeler crime novels. Schneider has received numerous awards, among them the prestigious Friedrich Glauser Prize for The Basel Killings. He lives and writes in Basel.
Mike Mitchell lives in Scotland and has published over eighty translations from German and French, including all the Friedrich Glauser Sergeant Studer novels and Gustav Meyrink’s five novels. His translation of Rosendorfer’s ‘Letters Back to Ancient China’ won the 1998 Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize