Friedrich Glauser’s Sergeant Studer
As Friedrich Glauser points out in the foreword to his novel, In Matto’s Realm, “A story has to take place somewhere. Mine takes place in the Canton of Bern, in a lunatic asylum.”
And from what I’ve recently read about Glauser’s familiarity with the insides of ‘lunatic asylums’ in Switzerland (pre 1936), I figure he’d likely be qualified to provide a certain honesty to the setting he chose for the second of his Detective Sergeant Studer novels.
I also noted that the series’ English language publisher, Bitter Lemon Press, in their website commentary refers to Sergeant Studer as ‘cranky, morally-incorruptible, irascible, fed-up, and impatient with everyone and everything but his case’, a combo of traits that suggest I may have discovered another moody sleuth, thanks to this year’s Global Reading Challenge.
Since I’m still sifting through titles, trying to complete the list of 21 novels needed to fulfill my commitment to the 2014 Global Reading Challenge, I’m very pleased to find another with a promising series detective.
In Matto’s Realm is the second in the Sergeant Studer series; I haven’t read the first, Thumbprint, primarily because I haven’t been able to locate a copy, but as I’ve discovered in the past, first-in-series isn’t always the best place to begin.
So, as for the story, to paraphrase book-cover blurb for In Matto’s Realm: A child murderer has escaped from an insane asylum, and the director of the asylum is also missing. When Swiss Detective Sergeant Studer is called in to investigate, the director’s murdered body is subsequently found on the premises, and ‘the intuitive Studer is drawn into the workings of an institution that darkly mirrors the world outside.’
For an insightful review of In Matto’s Realm, do check out inkquilletc.blogspot.ca
I’m looking forward to a great #FridayReads, and will definitely let you know what I think.