Ellen Dunne

Hard Landing - A Case For Patsy Logan

Crime Novel
(German title: Harte Landung)
ca. 442 pages
Ellen Dunne
Foto: Ellen Dunne
© Pascalle Rijper-Meijer

Ellen Dunne, born in 1977, worked as a text editor in an advertising agency and then held various positions with Google in its European headquarters in Dublin. She has published two crime novels. Her 2017 crime novel Hard Landing was the first of a new crime series published by insel taschenbuch. Black Soul (2019) is the second installment featuring heroine Patsy Logan.

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Nominated for the Friedrich-Glauser-Prize 2018

The higher you climb, the further you fall


Patsy Logan, 38, German-Irish detective chief inspector with the State Office of Criminal Investigations in Munich, is investigating a renowned online company. The case quickly attracts attention, media and internal pressure is huge. And Patsy’s private life also becomes increasingly troubled…

Carolin Höller, top manager with the successful online exchange platform Skiller, has it all: model career, model marriage and model children - until she is found dead below her office window. It quickly becomes clear: She didn’t jump of her own accord. Patsy delves deeper and deeper into Carolin’s life and the structures of Skiller, encounters a web of lies and empty facades. Especially when she is sent to Skiller’s headquarters in Dublin, a place she has been avoiding since her father’s suicide. Not a good omen. And immediately things start to happen very fast …

Hard Landing is the first installment of a new crime series revolving around DCI Patsy Logan. Quick-witted and stubborn, the ‘woman of the hour’ delivers results – with good sense, dry humour and an instinct that unnerves no one more than herself.


»An immensely exciting thriller with interesting protagonists and a very cunningly written cliffhanger at the end - I would have liked to go on reading right away. On the upside: 'Hard Landing' is the beginning of a new series.« Radio Bremen

»Great entertainment, but also yet another proof for the ability of crime novels to reflect upon current societal problems in a fictional setting.« culturmag.de

»Ellen Dune knows how to create characters.« sabine-ibing.ch

»Excellent crime entertainment with a likeable, original heroine and enticing settings.« BÜCHERmagazin 2/2018

Other publications

Schwarze Seele/Black Soul (2019)

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