In a stately Zurich Villa, an unexplained case of fire results in a fatality. Was it arson, and if so, what could have been the motive? Greed, sabotage? Or was the cause simply carelessness?
The narrator, a disillusioned journalist, is hired to play detective. His client is a former tobacco merchant who became a missionary do-gooder in old age. The old man wants to know more about the life of his nephew, an engineer, who looks critically at social trends. Underlying the investigation of the fire case, there is a quiet struggle between the journalist's moral attitude and the engineer's sense of responsibility. In the end, they both contribute to the solution of the fire case.
Translated from the German by DeepL Translate and Ursula Reist, 128 pages, published by Books on Demand, 2021
Nora is single, and she works as a typist in a law firm. Her life is gray and monotonous and characterized by lovelessness. Only reading novels brings color into her everyday life, but without awakening any longings. Before her fiftieth birthday, experiences accumulate that make her doubt her previous life. Can she overcome the crisis and turn her life around? The novel describes the female counterpart to the character of Gerold Trank in "Time Reclaimed" by the same author.
Translated from the German by Ursula Reist and DeepL Translate, 150 pages, published by Books on Demand, 2021
Alice works at a bookshop in Zurich. When she flies to the U.S.A. to attend her uncle’s funeral in Milwaukee, it leads to a long trip around the country in the footsteps of her own past as a country singer – and this journey opens a window into a promising future.
Translated from the German by Alex Gabriel, 236 pages, published by Books on Demand, 2016 ISBN 978-3-7412-7610-1, also available as e-book
The protagonist of this story is Damian Trank – the great-grandson of Gerold Trank, whose narrative was recounted by the author in Time Reclaimed.
The year is 2085. Damian Trank’s brain gets damaged in an accident. Thanks to the possibilities of modern medical science, it can be restored, but the memories are lost. Although there are ways to alleviate the patient's situation, Damian is unable to cope with this loss, until a book written by his great-grandfather in the 1990s points him in the right direction.
Translated from the German by Alex Gabriel, 112 pages, published by Books on Demand, 2015 ISBN 978-3-7386-1173-1, also available as e-book
Thomas Kremer, an investigator for the Zurich prosecutor’s office, is looking into a case of possible corruption that relates to the sale of a private clinic. Kremer, a maverick, always thinks for himself; he can never be talked into believing anything. While obsessively investigating the case, he discovers a web of lies and manipulations. Rejecting the harmless explanations that he‘s offered, he butts heads with government officials and financiers, rubbing them the wrong way with his blunt approach. It’s no different in his personal life – half-Jewish, he‘s particularly sensitive to the modern-day anti-Semitism in the media, as well as in his own surroundings. He doesn’t shy away from exposing contradictions and drawing uncomfortable conclusions.
Translated from the German by Alex Gabriel, 220 pages, published by Books on Demand, 2015 ISBN 978-3-7347-5127-1, also available as e-book
Thirty-nine-year-old Juan Zinniker is wealthy, successful in business, active in scientific research, extremely attractive, and seems to be made of the stuff that magnetically attracts women – that’s how one tabloid magazine described him. But as we follow Juan for three fateful weeks, we discover who he really is, what drives him, and the trials and tribulations to which he is unexpectedly subjected.
Translated from the German by Alex Gabriel, 224 pages, published by Books on Demand, 2014 ISBN 978-3-7386-0673-7, also available as e-book
Gerold Trank, a thirty-nine year old historian, works as secretary of the renowned Swiss 'Foundation for the Propagation of Humanistic Ideals'. Founded over one hundred and fifty years ago and funded by commerce and industry, the organization supports traditional – and only traditional – cultural activities.
During one particular board meeting Trank is overwhelmed by a flood of thoughts. He realizes in desperation that his life is slipping away pointlessly. Torn between conformity and rebellion, between finding reasons for his present existence and dreaming of escape scenarios, he finally finds a way out that surprises even himself.
Translated from the German by Alex Gabriel, 93 pages, published by Books on Demand,
A research project promising an innovative way of generating energy, torn between science and economy; a scientist, moving between different realities and starting to doubt them all; the industrial working environment, with its emotional deficiencies and its missing connection with nature; an European, confronted with the USA in the early 1990s: These are the alements that are interwoven in the fabric of this novel, which is being republished for a twenty-first century audience.
Translated from the German by Alexander Bonet, 167 pages, published by Books on Demand,
In the nineteen-sixties, in a civilized city in proper little Switzerland, a mysterious murder happens which takes twenty years to solve. The main characters are four old friends who meet regularly to play cards: Arnold Wiederkehr, detective; Franz Filbert, left-wing politician and journalist – the murder victim; Wilhelm Brauer, successful attorney; Arthur Stöckli, zookeeper. Wiederkehr has taken early retirement and now lives in a remote village in southern Switzerland. In a comprehensive report for the prosecution he describes how he solved the Filbert case.
Translated from the German by Alex Gabriel, 193 pages, published by Books on Demand,