Simone Buchholz

River Clyde - Crime Novel

Chastity Riley #5
(German title: River Clyde)
ca. 230 pages
Simone Buchholz
Foto: Simone Buchholz
© Gerald von Foris

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. She has been writing for women’s magazines for more than 15 years, but has always written about football, the economy, and journeys to foreign countries as well. In 2008, she published her first crime novel, Revolverherz, which was subsequently translated into French and Italian. Blue Night, the first instalment of the Chastity-Riley-series to be published by Suhrkamp Verlag, was #1 on the KrimiZEIT-Best of Crime List for months. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the 2nd Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night. Mexico Ring (2018) won the German Crime Fiction Prize 2019. Together with her husband and their son, Simone Buchholz lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg.

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Riley’s last case: the last instalment of the series

Screen adaptations of the series are planned


State prosecutor Chastity Riley runs off to Glasgow. Because, for one, there is that letter, written by a lawyer, that lures her to the birthplace of her great-great-grandfather. And secondly, her life in Hamburg has arrived at a sad impasse. In the rough Scottish city she meets Tom, who knows the key that unlocks the Rileys’ family secret – a panorama of violence and loss. She had always had a hunch about this but never dared confront the painful truths about herself. Now, a great amount of whisky and a few ghosts help her to do just that after all.

As an entire street burns in Hamburg, a few estate agents shoot off each other’s faces and Inspector Stepanovic refuses to work, Riley battles the ghosts of her past in Glasgow. And the lost souls that could be her future.


»If Philip Marlowe and Bernie Gunther got together in a Hamburg speakeasy and had a literary love child, then that might just explain Chastity Riley – Simone Buchholz’s tough, acerbic and utterly engaging central character.« William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier

»Razor-sharp dialogues, psychological studies thrown down in precise strokes, fast-paced scenes, and on top of that the merciless combination of irony and melancholia […] plus a certain amount of craziness – this is what the author knows how to do as skilfully as hardly anyone else.« Alexander Cammann, DIE ZEIT

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Mexikoring/Mexico Street (2018)

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Beton Rouge/Beton Rouge (2017)

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Blaue Nacht/Blue Night (2016)

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