Zoë Beck

The Supplier - Thriller

(German title: Die Lieferantin)
ca. 324 pages
Zoë Beck
Foto: Zoë Beck
© Victoria Tomaschko

Zoë Beck, born in 1975, completed her education in Germany and England. She is a writer, translator (including works by Sally Rooney and Denise Mina), publisher (CulturBooks), and also works in film and television. She lives in Berlin. Zoë Beck belongs among the most important German crime fiction authors and has been awarded numerous prizes such as the Friedrich-Glauser-Prize, the Radio Bremen Crime Fiction Prize and the German Crime Fiction Prize, among others.

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The new thriller by best-selling author Zoë Beck: cool, highly topical, deadly


London, in the not too distant future: A drug dealer is floating down the Thames – dead. A protection racketeer disappears without a trace. And Ellie Johnson is certain that she is in danger too.

Ellie is the head of the hottest (and the most illegal) startup in London: via the app she developed, users can order drugs of the highest quality, which are then delivered via drones. Completely anonymous, secure, perfectly organised. There is only one catch: the entirety of the London underground feels threatened by her competitive business model and wants to see Ellie dead – and so it’s not long before there is a bounty on her head. Ellie decides to fight, yet her enemies are powerful, and they lie in wait at every street corner.


»Zoë Beck – the multi-talent of crime fiction.« DIE ZEIT

»Zoë Beck is in total control. The cross connections that emerge between the protagonists are convincing and the causal chain that results from the various events never appears forced.« Peter Körte, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

»[Zoë Beck] plays with the genre elements with the most beautiful self-evidence, even spins them a little further. The stories – without ever seeming to be speculative, anxious for effect, pedagogic or driven by agenda – blend into a panorama, in which everything is clearly visible.« Elmar Krekeler, Die Welt

»This crime novel not only stands out from the vast genre mass through its skilful composition; contentwise the author also emphasises a point that could certainly be relevant as a basis for discussion within our modern day society.« Katharina Granzin, taz. die tageszeitung

»An absorbing urban thriller – masterfully narrated.« Kolja Mensing, Deutschlandfunk Kultur

»A gripping and confidently told metropolis thriller.« Kolja Mensing, Der Tagesspiegel

»Zoë Beck has perfected the ability to convey in her stories contemporary phenomena that have about as many layers to them as her novels have page.« Die Welt

»A must-read! Thrilling, entertaining and very clever.« Anja Goerz, Radio Bremen

»An unusual thriller, succinct, crisp and very dark.« Ingeborg Sperl, Der Standard

»Thrilling, told in unadorned language and at high speed.« Lukas Jenkner, Stuttgarter Zeitung

»A candidate for the German Crime Fiction Prize.« Joachim Schneider, Badische Zeitung

»A post Brexit thriller in a country that threatens to break apart. Trenchant and laconic. The author accurately unfolds a world whose entire social putty is disintegrating.« Martin Schöne, 3sat Kulturzeit

»A breathtaking thriller.« Christian Seidel, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

»Zoë Beck writes a different, a critical of society sort of thriller. But it’s a really good one.« Brigitte

»Zoë Beck once again delivers a dynamic and politically actual thriller that, after an unexpected end, leaves us thinking.« Silke Schröder, Hallo-Buch.de

»Books like this are like a drug.« Hauke Harder, Leseschatz


Other publications

Paradise City/Paradise City (2020)

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