Dr Mühe's Disappearance

A 1930s Berlin crime story

Original Title: Das Verschwinden des Dr. Mühe

Hardcover with jacket, 240 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-60138-8
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: August 31, 2020
This title is available.

Kundenrezensionen: 4 Sterne (9)


Rights sold to: Greece (Klidarithmos), Italy (Mondadori)

English sample translation available

Oliver  Hilmes - Dr Mühe's Disappearance


"'Babylon Berlin' with other means. A portrait of a degenerate society, a darkening time."

Welt am Sonntag

"Hilmes is a high-class historian with literary talent. [...] He has written a sophisticated, dramatically structured novel about the dark sides of individuals and politics."

Süddeutsche Zeitung

"Here the story of a crime becomes historical instructional material. This is a book that won’t let you go."

Die Welt

"Hilmes’s book is a page turner. The short chapters are filled with twists and will nicely draw readers in."

Badische Zeitung

"Oliver Hilmes has succeeded in creating a fast-paced crime thriller that is also a bit of history of the later Weimar Republic."

Stern Crime

"A historical detective novel in which within the first few sentences readers will be swept aloft in a historical elevator."


"Coupled with the gloomy atmosphere of 1930s Berlin, Hilmes creates an exciting environment for a sophisticated thriller that will captivate you from start to finish."


"The historian Hilmes has reconstructed a real-life case using information from investigation files combined with fictional elements. Dark, objective, captivating."


"After working through the files of this true criminal case, the author impressively and fascinatingly fits the mysterious pieces of the puzzle together."

Neue Welt

"This historian [...] allows much of his knowledge flow into his crime story debut – and he reveals himself again as an excellent story teller."


"Grippingly and great skill, he tells of the search for truth and of the dark side of bourgeois existence at the dawning of the dictatorship."

Nürtinger Zeitung

"More exciting than fiction, more fantastic than sober reality: a look back at a period of time that Oliver Hilmes resurrected with great accuracy [...]."

WDR 5 ‘Scala’

"The novel remains exciting until the last page, but without stylistically slipping into lurid thriller style."

Saale Zeitung

"Hilmes narrates in an objective tone, works with an abundance of numbers and facts, and adeptly weaves the historical background into the story."

Neue Presse Springe, Bad Münder


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