New Fiction: 'Out of Shot' by A. C. Koning

Out of Shot, the fourth book in British crime writer A. C. Koning's Blind Detective series, is published this week by Arbuthnot Books.  

This instalment will hold particular interest for fans of early cinema, with its setting taking place at Babelsberg Studios - the oldest large-scale film studio in the world and one of the hubs of German filmmaking in the early 20th Century - with films including Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel made there.

Set in Berlin in 1933, the novel also takes pace against the backdrop of Adolf Hitler's rise to power. Cast into this volatile situation, Frederick Rowlands is faced with the most difficult investigation of his career - one which takes him into the glamorous world of the German film industry.

A beautiful film star has been murdered - and it seems as if one of the last to see her alive was Rowlands’s eleven year-old nephew, Billy. As the violence across the city escalates, Rowlands finds himself caught up in a desperate race to find Billy before someone else does… Someone who has every reason to want to conceal the identity of the killer.

"Historical crime writing of some accomplishment. This is splendid stuff” - Barry Forshaw (Crime Time)

“Set in the Germany in 1933, Koning combines a mystery set within the glamorous film industry of the period with a terrifying search for a lost boy” - N. M. Browne (Authors Electric)

"Another excellent Blind Detective novel set 1930s Berlin” - Amanda Craig

"Fred Rowlands is one of the great unsung heroes of modern detective fiction. Highly recommended” - Michael Arditti

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