Noll, Ingrid The Pharmacist

ISBN 13: 9780006497684

The Pharmacist

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A gripping psychological mystery from one of Europe’s best-selling crime novelists.

Would you confide your most intimate secrets to a stranger? Hella Moormann, a pharmacist, finds herself doing just this when she meets the unprepossessing Rosemarie Hirte in hospital.

Hella has always suffered from a need to nurture lost souls, but she believes her latest lover will be different. Levin, a beautiful young dental student, is heir to his grandfather’s fortune and looks like a good thing. All too soon, though, her faith is shaken: not only does he take an unhealthy interest in some antique poison bottles, but he also plans to misuse his dental skills in a macabre way.

Hella’s life takes an increasingly bizarre course, from involvement with drug runners to murder, via adultery and much else. But is she the helpless victim of fate or a cunning manipulator of events? Whatever the truth, in choosing to tell her story to the anonymous Rosemarie Hirte, she may have made a lethal mistake, for Hirte has a sinister secret of her own…

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‘Germany’s Queen of Crime’
Observer

‘A first-rate example of the Eurocrime novel that focuses on the internal lives of its characters’
Val McDermid [of Hell Hath No Fury]

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Would you confide in a woman you didn't know, confess the intimate details of your life? Hella Moormann finds herself doing just this with Rosemarie Hirte, the unknown, unprepossessing woman in the next bed at Heidelberg Hospital for Women.

Hella has always suffered from a need to nurture lost souls, fostering a series of hopeless men until she meets the beautiful Levin, a young dental student who is the heir to his rich grandfather. Hella, herself a pharmacist, is delighted – momentarily forgetting her unerring ability to choose the wrong man. Soon, though, Levin is taking an unhealthy interest in some old poison bottles Hella has inherited, and planning to use his dental skills in a macabre way.

Hella's life begins to take an increasingly bizarre course, from involvement with drugs runners to murder, via adultery and much else. But how innocent is she of all this? Is she the helpless victim of fate or a cunning manipulator of events? Since she is narrating the story, she can slant it as she wishes; but in choosing the anonymous Rosemarie Hirte as her confidante she may have made the greatest mistake of her life, for Hirte has a sinister secret of her own…

"Ingrid Noll is often referred to as Germany's 'Queen of Crime', and her 'Hell Hath No Fury' shows how fully she deserves this title"
DONNA LEON, 'Sunday Times'

"It is impossible to categorize something so completely original… (Ingrid Noll's) gruesomely jaunty account of the lives and deadly exploits of two intelligent, amoral young women in unholy alliance is not a mystery, but simply another riveting novel"
JAMES MELVILLE, 'Ham & High' (of 'Head Count')

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Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1999)
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