The third Mountain
In an attempt to solve the mysterious murder of his friend Maggie, Bernhard Rai travels to India, following in the footsteps of her ex-husband. But the discovery of an old Sanskrit manuscript puts him on a collision course with danger…
One foggy morning in March, Bernhard Rai – meteorologist, dedicated environmentalist and the grandson of an Indian freedom fighter – receives a phone call summoning him to the forensic institute: his closest friend Maggie Chelseworth, a delightful, eccentric Englishwoman, is dead. At first the police work on the assumption that it was suicide, but Rai suspects there is a connection between Maggie’s death and the sudden disappearance of her ex-husband Christian Fust a few weeks earlier. Did the research scientist, who specialized in ancient Indian healing systems, get involved with the wrong people?
In the course of his investigations, Bernhard stumbles upon an extraordinary Sanskrit manuscript – and before long finds himself the target of a gang of ruthless criminals. The trail of the vanished scientist leads him to a remote valley in Northern India, which according to legend no one has ever set foot in before. This is where soma is supposed to grow – a mysterious plant which promises eternal life – and with it limitless profit.
Deft, accomplished and fast-paced – a strikingly brilliant debut.