The last sighting of 8-year-old Scarlett Peters was on 8th April 2002. Three years later, Jonathan Krumbholz, a 24-year-old mentally retarded man, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder. Now six more years have passed, and Polonius Fisher, superintendent with the Munich homicide squad, receives a letter from a school friend of the missing girl who claims to have recognised Scarlett in the street. Can this witness be believed? Is it possible that the girl is still alive, in spite of the fact her mother bought her a grave in the new cemetery? Have the police been mistaken since the start of the case?
In a novel of breathtaking tension, Friedrich Ani tells a true story that calls into doubt everything we take for granted. Polonius Fisher is similarly perplexed: did his colleagues seek out a scapegoat to close a case that was causing unprecedented public uproar?
"Ani is the philosopher of German crime writers." (Der Spiegel)