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#Review Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz
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(Chas Riley #8)
by Simone Buchholz
publisher: Orender Books
Hamburg state prosecutor Chastity Riley investigates a series of arson attacks on cars across the city, which leads her to a startling and life-threatening discovery involving criminal gangs and a very illicit love story…
Night after night, cars are set alight across the German city of Hamburg, with no obvious pattern, no explanation and no suspect.
Until, one night, on Mexico Street, a ghetto of high-rise blocks in the north of the city, a Fiat is torched. Only this car isn’t empty. The body of Nouri Saroukhan – prodigal son of the Bremen clan – is soon discovered, and the case becomes a homicide.
Public prosecutor Chastity Riley is handed the investigation, which takes her deep into a criminal underground that snakes beneath the whole of Germany. And as details of Nouri’s background, including an illicit relationship with the mysterious Aliza, emerge, it becomes clear that these are not random attacks, and there are more on the cards…
This is book 8 in a series, but I didn’t realise that and in all honesty it was easy to read this as stand alone, though being 8 books in there has obviously been a lot going on previously. Mexico Street is a dark gritty German noir thriller and it was refreshing to read a setting other than America or Britain for this kind of genre.
We are treated to the underbelly of Bremaer leading family the Saroukhan after Chas and her colleagues respond to a burnt out car that just so happens to have his son Nouri Saroukhan inside, the case soon becomes a homicide when they get word he died and was also drugged before the car went on fire.
The Saroukhan family are immigrants, though debate is from where they originally came from, turkey, Syria, Iran etc, but no matter they have set up shop in Germany and have a rather large family, and rival families to content with as well.
As the story progressed we come to realised that Nouri was seeing Aliza from another family – which took on a whole modern day Romeo and Juliet vibe to it all.
The thing I loved the most was the setting as well as Chas’ character – she is witty, sarcastic and her and Stepanovic make a great team, I just wish I had started this from the beginning of the series (which I fully intend to go and do!)
Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up in the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.
PRAISE FOR SIMONE BUCHHOLZ
‘This is a punk-rock album translated into a hard-bitten tale of low-life scum and a lone officer. Fierce enough to stab the heart’ Spectator on Blue Night
‘Lyrical and pithy’ The Sunday Times Crime Club on Blue Night
‘Simone Buchholz writes with real authority and a pungent, noir-is sense of time and space … a palpable hit’ Barry Forshaw, Financial Times