Author(s): Friedrich Glauser
When two women are "accidently" killed by gas leaks, Sergeant Studer investigates the thinly disguised double murder in Bern and Basel. The trail leads to a geologist dead from a tropical fever in a Moroccan Foreign Legion post and a murky oil deal involving rapacious politicians and their henchmen. With the help of a hashish-induced dream and the common sense of his stay-at-home wife, Studer solves the multiple riddles on offer. But assigning guilt remains an elusive affair. "Fever", a European crime classic, was first published in 1936. It has been translated into four languages. This is its first publication in English and the third in the "Sergeant Studer" series published by Bitter Lemon Press.
"With good reason, the German language prize for detective fiction is named after Glauser..He has Simenon's ability to turn a stereotype into a person, and the moral complexity to appeal to justice over the head of police procedure." Times Literary Supplement
Friedrich Glauser is a legendary figure in European crime writing. He was a morphine and opium addict much of his life and began writing crime novels while an inmate at the Swiss insane asylum Waldau.