She lost her sight, but she can still see the truth…
Jenny Aaron was once part of an elite police unit tracking Germany’s most dangerous criminals. She was the best. Until it all went wrong. A disastrous mission saw her abandon a wounded colleague and then lose her sight forever.
Now, five years later, she has learnt to navigate a darkened world. But she’s still haunted by her betrayal. Why did she run?
Then she receives a call from the unit. They need her back. A prison psychologist has been brutally murdered. And the killer will only speak to one person…
Andreas Pflüger is a German screenwriter and author. He has written a number of episodes of the hugely popular German police procedural Tatort. His bestselling thriller, In The Dark is published in nine languages.
- What book first ignited your love of reading?
“Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn”.
- If your current book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
“All Along the Watchtower”, the Jimi Hendrix version. It’s the rhythm of the novel. And the last lines are: “Outside in the cold distance / A wildcat did growl / Two riders were approaching / And the wind began to howl. Welcome to Aaron’s World!
- Which book have you read more than once?
Everything by Raymond Chandler, Max Frisch “Homo Faber”, John Irving, “The World According to Garp”.
- Do you plan your writing or go with the flow?
I start with a vague idea and my characters tell me the story. I am not God in my novels, but more like an annalist of the life of my heroine Jenny Aaron. Often my characters do things I don’t consent to. They surprise me all the time. Even when I was 50 pages away from finishing of IN THE DARK, I didn’t know how the book would end. Maybe that’s a little bit crazy – but it’s a very satisfying way of writing.
- Do you enjoy the editing process?
Yes, because I am a perfectionist (like Jenny Aaron, must be coincidence). I love the fine-tuning, working on every word, sentence, comma, till it sounds the way it should.
- If you could what advice would you give your sixteen year old self?
Learn everything and then forget everything. This is what the Bushido says, the way of the Samurai.
- Do you read your book reviews?
Not too much. As an artist you have to be independent from the expectations of other people. You have to write a novel without thinking about how others could find it. If I would open my mind to all these thousands of evaluations of my work – especially in the net – I would get mad.
- What is your opinion on social media and its unique gift of connecting writer and reader instantly?
Yes, definitely. I love to get in contact to my readers and this is a perfect way. (And no contradiction to my answer above)
- If you could give one literary villain a happier ending, who would you pick and why?
One of my favorite novels is “Fatherland” by Robert Harris. But on the last page the main figure Xaver März goes to his death. I wouldn’t have done this with my hero. At the end of a novel there should be hope, not despair.
- If your book could come with a preemptive message for the reader, what would yours say?
It doesn’t matter what happens to you. You are stronger than you think. You’ll make it.
- What are you currently reading?
Budo Mind and Body: Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts.
- Where did you get the inspiration for your current novel?
The second part of the Jenny Aaron Trilogy came out in Germany 4 weeks ago. More than half of the book takes place in Marrakesh, the city I love most in the world. I’ve spent much time there in the last 20 years. It’s like the thousand and one night, full of odors and exotic sounds. Perfect for a blind woman. This is the reason why I sent Aaron to this City.
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