Darkness in the Mountains
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Graubünden, heavily plundered by Napoleon's troops, lies firmly in the grip of corruption and anarchy. Some two dozen rural constables led by examining judge Baron Johann Heinrich von Mont are the only protection on offer for a populace beset by hordes of deserters, beggars and thieves. In the summer of 1821, a fivefold murder takes place in a mill near Bonaduz and the Baron sets out to investigate the crime, accompanied by two mercenaries just back from the war. The search for the murderer proves arduous in the extreme, taking the trio to virtually inaccessible valleys and villages on foot and horseback. What’s more, it seems the mountain people would sooner live with the fear of a murderer roaming free in their midst than trust the law enforcers from the newly designated capital. Yet Baron von Mont manages to track down several suspects and bring them before the criminal court in Chur. Based on a factual, never fully resolved historical case, Huonder brings us a riveting, simply unputdownable spine-chiller.