A terrifying and complex psychological thriller from Germany’s Queen of Crime, The Cock is Dead recounts a tale of obsessive love and dangerous passions that threatens to escalate out of control.
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When Rosemarie Hirte, respectable spinster, falls unexpectedly for Rainer Engstern, she knows that, at fifty-two, this could be her last chance for happiness…
Finding herself in the grip of an unholy obsession, Rosemarie is soon phoning Engstern just to hear his voice, spying on him from his own garden just to get a glimpse of him. But Rosemarie doesn't like what she sees, for she is not the only woman who wants this charismatic man, and how can she possibly compete with women half her age, not to mention an unpredictable wife?
Terrified that the outside world will undermine the relationship, Rosemarie spins a deadly web into which she lures and then destroys all those who come close to the object of her passion. It seems she will stop at nothing to make Engstern hers, but how long can she continue before she comes face to face with her own downfall…?
"Ingrid Noll has created an appallingly quirky character with whom you can – almost – sympathize"
"Noll has produced a cool thriller that reveals the chilling nature of obsessive love…A first-rate example of the Eurocrime novel that focuses on the internal lives of its characters"
Ingrid Noll was born in Shanghai in 1935. She read German Studies and Art History in Bonn. ‘Hell Hath No Fury’, her first crime novel, was published to worldwide acclaim. Her reputation as ‘Germany’s Queen of Crime’ was consolidated by ‘Head Count’ and ‘The Pharmacist’, and her novels have now been translated into more than ten languages.
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Book Description Collins Crime, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002325748