If someone “nothing but redemption ‘wishes, he must be in the greatest existential distress. In return, several interpretations offer: A person who is to blame upon himself, fearing for his soul and asks God that he would give him “absolution”. Jesus is but someone can also carry in the legal or moral sense for Christianity the “savior” of all guilt debt.
In order to get rid of such load, he can secular courts ask questions and atone for his actions and / or ask his victims for forgiveness.
But what if he does not have the strength to bring this redemption opportunities yourself? “Nothing but redemption” but may desire a completely innocent man, for example, to be freed from a specific physical or mental suffering , If this is a serious illness, perhaps medicine and drugs can help; at worst, only death can bring salvation.
If someone is tortured or ill-treated, without being able to free himself, he begs his tormentor for deliverance from his intolerable anguish at.
Finally, one could imagine a person who suffers from a trauma from delusions that haunt him day and make his life hell. Who can redeem him? “Nothing but salvation” is the title of the latest crime novel by Gisa Klönne, and as we see, it is extremely evocative. In which direction will lead us the book?
The Cologne Commissioner Judith Krieger gets lately anonymous letters home and even in their mailbox at police headquarters. They were typed on an old typewriter and include black and white photos.
Really can Judith embassies not really understand, but she feels that the unknown is most certainly is the correct addressee for his in it – increasingly urgent – to address the request: “I hope that you are merciful to me.” (P.10) “In the end, it may yet still be so salvation.” “And you have to help me. I want nothing as salvation from you.” (196) No wonder that Judith uncomfortable observed and tracked feel.
But soon a terrible event requires their full concentration and directs them provisionally by the psychopath from. During a sweltering August night she wakes up drenched in sweat from a nightmare, they have to get out jogging in the booth, along the Rhine. There it is happened to witness an execution. Especially they can sense even the schemes of the offender, as he extricates himself from the shadows – and escapes. The corpse, “blasted off” the face with a bullet hole in the head, is below the Deutz bridge; shines high above the cathedral in his sublime greatness. Judith alerted the entire police apparatus, the investigations take their usual gear. The dead man’s Jonas Vollenweider. For twenty years he has lived on the Greek island of Samos. He is flown to Cologne to sell his parents’ house in Huerth. Why now? And why did he encounters a killer? Is all coincidence? Or is meticulous planning behind it?
The other investigations cover an old until now unresolved family tragedy. Both parents and sister Miriam Vollenweider were murdered in Hürther house, but their bodies were never found. Maybe Jonas killed her, then piled up, thinking that now the grass has grown over the matter and that he could sell the house. But why he was killed? It does not fit together. But Gisa Klönne adds a piece of the puzzle to another and broadens the horizons more and more.
Steiner floodplain forest near Darmstadt robbery graves discovered in his criminal search of antiques from the time of the Romans, Celts and Germans the lost bodies of Vollenweider , In another strand Rene Zobel, the furious reporter of the Courier, on the hunt for sensational headlines. The coverage of the death house of 20 years ago, he can remember and now Browsed in old archives. He finds there that the Vollenweider had not even lived there for a long time that they had a children’s home “cheerfulness”, which had existed since 1934 been home manager. Survivors find it difficult to report what they had experienced under the Nazi regime in homes, Verwahranstalten, transfer stations and deportations. They were humiliated, abused their bodies, broken children’s souls.
Do Judith and further determine their team in this direction? maybe someone killed out of hatred or revenge and now wants “nothing but redemption”? The mysterious letters could be related to the murders; the writer could be a doer, he wants the public to know what a humiliating childhood he “417” in house “Frohsinn” by suffering had, and longs as number thereafter that one understands him.
Gisa Klönnes book offers the sensitive and psychologically coherent processing of the current issue of abuse protection Commanded in state and church homes. Above all, the novel takes a prisoner immediately, the acting figures with their everyday problems fill it with life. The protagonist Judith Krieger is a complex character – not just tough as a Commissioner, but emotionally freighted by fighting even with old cases, is in trouble with her mother; Warmth and confidence they place in their partner.
With sensitivity, the author approaches the perpetrators. Long as he remains anonymous. In the documents, which he sends to Judith, his severe traumatic damage occurs slowly, but more and more apparent. Klönne prove their strategic skills by it is able to maintain the voltage by a wise, cautious unveiling tactics and allows us readers to understand the way of thinking of the offender. He is a victim, the psychological violence was done; He can not help it to pass as this violence – and he has several understandable reasons to yearn for redemption is.
Although one may stumble over a few illogical details and some not very obvious question dissolved, me Gisa Klönnes new book “Nothing but redemption” clearly impressed. In 2009, the author for her thriller “night without shadows” was awarded the Friedrich Glauser prize.