Summer in Hamburg – and one song is in everyone’s ear: ›Savoy Blues‹. Louis Armstrong’s 1930s swing song is the year’s number one hit in a cover version from DJ Jack. It can be heard in all of the cafés and from every car. It is even swirling in the ears of the recently graduated head inspector, Sebastian Fink, as he sets out to solve his own first case. The murder, which he is dealing with, does not appear to be too spectacular at first glance. A retired mailman has been found dead. But what comes out in the course of his investigations is a story deeply rooted in the past – just during that time which enjoys a revival through the summer hit, ›Savoy Blues‹. A detective story that comes across as deceptively simple and subtly lures us into the depths of the city on the Alster with its jazzy melancholic melody.
»Readers can only hope Sebastian Fink gets some more cases. Because in his debut thriller Dönhoff has given us a highly filmable plot and taken a fresh look at a sensitive historical subject.«Die Welt
»No question about it: Sebastian Fink has the makings of a serial inspector.«Nordkurier
»›Savoy Blues‹ is an exciting and briskly written thriller with lots of different strands which all come together in a terrific finale. More of the same, please!«WAZ
»›Savoy Blues‹ is a novel of psychological suspense in the Patricia Highsmith mould. We look forward to the next case.«MDR
»Dönhoff’s writing is a model of clarity, and Hamburg transpires to be a most alluring setting for crime. The aspect of swing music having been despised, and criminalised, by the 1930s and 1940s regime has been little explored in literature and lends the whole fascinating edge. In Fink, however, we have a detective of our time, from his unusual ›family‹ situation to his experiences in the singles’ scene. With this rising star of the police world still a mere stripling, and with decades of cases surely ahead of him, a wide-awake British publisher should grab him now!« New Books in German
»further investigations would be desirable«Die Welt
»›Savoy Blues‹ is a gripping and fast-paced crime story with many threads and red herrings, culminating in a grand finale. A real page-turner – we’d like to read more of this!«WAZ - Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung