Art & crime

Hans Holbein the Younger is undoubtedly Europe’s most significant 16th century artist. Active in Belgium, Italy and England, his oeuvre reflects political turmoil and religious conflicts of the era. Holbein’s paintings are on display in at the world’s most renowned galleries, including museums in London, Paris and Basel. King’s Painter to Henry VIII, Holbein excelled in portraying scientists, royals and influential citizens of his era but also created breathtakingly precise depictions of the Passion of Jesus. After writing about Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Caspar David Friedrich and numerous other famed artists, Norbert Wolf demonstrates once again his wide-ranging expertise with this book which is part of Taschen’s low-priced art series including publications on Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Francis Bacon and Jeff Koons.

Holbein
By Norbert Wolf
Published by Taschen (www.taschen.com)

Emma Stein is a young and determined psychiatrist. During a conference in Berlin, Stein reveals her engagement in a controversial experiment. Just hours later, she gets drugged and raped. When she wakes up the next morning, Stein finds herself at a bus stop, her head shaved. Police doubt the psychiatrist’s claims as she names a hotel room number that does not exist in the five-star hotel where the heinous assault allegedly happened. The bitterness of vulnerability remains a weight Stein – whose unborn child died as a consequence of the vicious sex crime – keeps carrying around with her, desperately trying to live a normal life. But these hopes are soon turned to dust in this flawless page-turner by Sebastian Fitzek, one of Germany’s most successful novelists of the past few years. “Das Paket” is packed with jaw-dropping twists in the plot that will let you shiver with fear.

Das Paket
By Sebastian Fitzek
Published by Knaur (www.droemer-knaur.de)

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