The Camera Killer By Thomas Glavinic
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, August 13, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT
In The Camera Killer by Thomas Glavinic and translated from German by John Brownjohn, one reads a story with many twists. Dealing with a psychological killer while on a holiday weekend, we are treated to a story told with a rural aspect and utter brutality. The tale unfolds on a holiday weekend with two friends visiting a couple on Easter weekend in the rurals of their hometown.
Glavinic spins a web around this couple visiting from the city with the intention of celebrating the holiday weekend with their friends. Having two sets of people with different backgrounds, he unfolds the story within a bucolic atmosphere. Their entertainment is limited to television, ping pong, badminton and card playing. How the friends acclimate themselves is a part of the story.
The big excitement stems from a horrible and brutal murder described on a video camera. This shocks the locals and a fervor is built up as the police try to locate and catch the killer. When they do catch the perpetrator, the ending is almost as shocking!
The Camera Killer by Thomas Glavinic, an Amazon Crossing book is available in paperback and digital.