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  • Location: Hamburg, Leipzig

Blue Night

Blue Night

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…

  • ISBN: 978-1912374014
  • Translator: Rachel Ward
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…

Travel Guide


Most of the novel is set in Hamburg and the city is grim and dark throughout.


This street for example is ‘right on the border between the squalor behind the station and the elegant surroundings of the Aussenalster Lake”

As for the job of the police here:

“If anyone gets half killed in a beating or a shooting or a hit and run anywhere in Hamburg, if anyone gets pushed off a bridge or a building and survives, it comes under my jurisdiction.

But only the victim, not the investigation

Thrilling job”

The Blue Light club of the title

“The Blue Night is shut on Mondays and the boss goes shopping. Schnapps, pretzels, butter, liquorice. Then in the morningsm there’s the beer delivery. Bottled beerKlatsche had draught beer poisoning a fear years ago. Badly cleaned beer lines. It happens, I said at the time.

So, there’s been a sign hanging over the bar ever since:

– Drink with Confidence-

– No Draught  beer poisoning here – guaranteed –


Streetview Maps

B) Hamburg - Schmilinskystraße
C) Hamburg - An der Alster

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Blue Night

Destination: Hamburg, Leipzig  Author/Guide: Simone Buchholz  Departure Time: 2000s

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