Fade to Black


Die Zeit’s Juried Best Crime Picks of the Month (4 months)

London. Cameraman Niall Stuart is an unwilling witness as two young men attack an off-duty soldier and murder him. Niall records the scene on his cell phone, and one of the killers approaches him, bloody knife in hand, to announce that this murder was carried out in the name of Allah, as his accomplice waves the flag of the Islamic State in the background. When Niall is later hired to make a documentary about the incident, he has no idea that he has been intentionally selected for this task. The reason why is more horrifying than he could imagine…


“Already in the first paradoxical lines of her new thriller, Zoë Beck provides a Kafkaesque shock. […] The young German author carries this sober tone through to the end of the novel. This might be the reason why the impossible seems to function for her: fictionalizing a controversial, contemporary political topic and capturing it in words.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 14 April 2015

“The Berliner Zoë Beck has mastered the ability to transfer contemporary phenomena into stories that have about as many layers as her novels have pages… This is the most critical novel of the spring.”
Die Welt, 13 March 2015

“This is crime fiction at its best: radical, gripping, contemporary – essential.”
Die Zeit, 5 March 2015

“Stylistically brilliant, she has created true-to-life characters. The exquisitely ingenious plot accelerates at breakneck speed.”
Hamburger Abendblatt, 13 March 2015

Fade to Black is a political thriller that analyzes and dissects a society frozen in the face of terror (whether Islamist or Anti-Islamist in nature). You could hardly find something more contemporary or timely. A smashing success.”
WDR/Funkhaus Europa, 31 March 2015

“An incredible combination of psychological drama and political thriller.”
Elle, 10 May 2015

“An intelligent, tense thriller which could not be more contemporary even if it tried.”
bild.de, 17 March 2015

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