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Passagier 23

by Sebastian Fitzek

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Jedes Jahr verschwinden auf hoher See rund 20 Menschen spurlos von Kreuzfahrtschiffen. Noch nie kam jemand zurück. Bis jetzt ...

Martin Schwartz, Polizeipsychologe, hat vor fünf Jahren Frau und Sohn verloren. Es geschah während eines Urlaubs auf dem Kreuzfahrtschiff „Sultan of the Seas“ – niemand konnte ihm sagen, was genau geschah. Martin ist seither ein psychisches Wrack und betäubt sich mit Himmelfahrtskommandos als verdeckter Ermittler.
Mitten in einem Einsatz bekommt er den Anruf einer seltsamen alten Dame, die sich als Thrillerautorin bezeichnet: Er müsse unbedingt an Bord der „Sultan“ kommen, es gebe Beweise dafür, was seiner Familie zugestoßen ist. Nie wieder wollte Martin den Fuß auf ein Schiff setzen – und doch folgt er dem Hinweis und erfährt, dass ein vor Wochen auf der „Sultan“ verschwundenes Mädchen wieder aufgetaucht ist. Mit dem Teddy seines Sohnes im Arm … ( )
  Jules1234 | Aug 9, 2017 |
Ieder jaar sterven er op onverklaarbare wijze 23 mensen aan boord van cruise-schepen. De rederijen hadden hier al de benaming 'passagier 23' bedacht.

Mijn eerste [a:Sebastian Fitzek|190305|Sebastian Fitzek|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1240566387p2/190305.jpg] boek. En vanaf het begin hield deze mij op het puntje van mijn stoel.

De auteur beschrijft voorvallen op zo'n manier dat de koude rillingen je af en toe over je rug lopen. Het begin van het boek doet een beetje vreemd aan. Een politie-psycholoog die zich moedwillig met het AIDS virus in laat spuiten om hier door op een zogeheten bug-party te kunnen komen. Hierdoor is hij in staat om een 12-jarige jongen te redden van een vreselijk lot.

Deze agent krijgt 5 jaar na de verdwijning van zijn vrouw en zoontje aan boord van de 'Sultan of the Seas' een mysterieus telefoontje.

Diverse verrassende plot-wendingen, waarbij je vaak op het verkeerde been wordt gebracht, hoewel ik de vrouwelijke dokter aan boord al vrij gauw verdacht vond..

Wat mij betreft is dit een boek een aanrader voor iedereen die van psychologische thrillers houdt. ( )
  EdwinKort | Mar 23, 2017 |
I do not claim to be able to read German, I listened to the excellent audible version. Fantastically original idea for a story with truly unpleasant undercurrents. Can we please, please, please have an English translation? ( )
  angelaoatham | Feb 21, 2017 |
An interesting attempt, but the storytelling and delivery left me a bit disappointed. It's a mystery/thriller about the strange phenomenon of people committing suicide on cruise ships -- so called Passenger 23's. No cruise lines wants to admit it happens, but is there something more on this particular cruise line than suicide? Is it murder? A serial killer? The supposedly brilliant detective -- the lead character -- seems a bit out of his league for most of the story. The different voices and sound effects were interesting, but sometimes distracting. ( )
  Randall.Hansen | Feb 12, 2016 |
By Sebastian Fitzek, narrated by Max Beesley, with a cast of actors. Unless you read German, the only way you can enjoy psychological thriller-writer Fitzek’s latest book is from Audible.com, which is perhaps why it’s called “An Audible Original Drama,” though it is available in print and for the Kindle in the original language.
Passenger 23 is based on a fascinating premise that sent me straight to fact-checking: Yearly, about 23 people—crew and passengers—disappear from the world’s cruise ships IRL. The true number is unknown, because ship owners have a substantial interest in keeping these disappearances quiet and in portraying those that do come to light as suicides, even when evidence of suicide is nonexistent. And, when disappearances occur at sea, the only investigation may be carried out by a lone policeman from the ship’s often tiny country-of-registry. This investigator’s work will not be mistaken for that of Scotland Yard or the FBI. It’s a perfect set-up for criminal shenanigans.
In Fitzek’s novel, undercover detective Martin Schwartz is willing to take on the Berlin police department’s most dangerous cases, in part because he’s become less attached to his own life in the five years since his wife and young son died in an apparent murder-suicide aboard the cruise ship Sultan of the Seas. When he receives a mysterious invitation to meet an elderly woman aboard that same ship in order to find out what really happened to his family, he can’t resist.
Once aboard, he finds himself drawn into the woman’s theory that a serial killer may be loose on the ship. A young girl who disappeared from the ship some months earlier reappears, carrying the teddy bear of his drowned son. But she’s not not making sense. The girl’s mother disappeared at the same time, in a chilling echo of what happened to Martin’s own family.
Solving this puzzle would be sufficient for any book, but Fitzek also provides an early teaser-scene about a man, located somewhere in the ship’s bowels, who has consented to have his healthy leg amputated. Why, and whether this secondary (and far-fetched) story has anything to do with the principal plot, we don’t learn until the end of the book. It’s in an epilogue that, oddly, comes after the production credits—glad I didn’t turn my iPod off too soon!
For my taste, Fitzek tries a little too hard for the gruesome detail. In addition, the cluster of murder-suicides of single moms and their children has one glaring common denominator that even a police operative far from his tiny island redoubt ought to find suspicious.
As to how well this works as an audiobook, I was disappointed. Beesley had a formal, almost stiff style out of keeping with the material, and while the other actors were used only for the scanty dialog, which felt intrusive. Audible has added intermittent sound effects—feet running, doors clanging, ropes squeaking, and the like—that didn’t add to the experience. I’d just as soon let the author tell me the door slammed than having to think “What was that?” ( )
  Vicki_Weisfeld | Jan 20, 2016 |
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