Cleveland, OH — On the heels of publishing the biographical nonfiction book, Going Back by Andrea von Treuenfeld, and starting the Culina Cookbooks imprint, independent publisher Clevo Books is launching a second new imprint. Auguste Crime is devoted to publishing international thrillers and mysteries.

In the spring, Auguste will bring three new novels from various publishers in Germany to the English reading market. Fade to Black by Zoë Beck, published as Schwarzblende by Heyne in 2015, is a mystery set in London. It follows the story of cameraman, Niall Stuart, who films a horrific terrorist act in broad daylight. What happens next makes for the perfect political thriller. First published in the U.S. by Weyward Sisters, this second American edition has been re-edited and given a new cover.

Günter Wendt takes us on vacation in The Last Ferry Left at Five (Die letzte Fähre ging um fünf). In this cozy mystery, readers travel to the German halligs off the northern coast of Germany, following Inspector Kollerup as he investigates an unusual death with a make-shift team. His search for a killer or killers exposes readers to the mudflat tourism industry, wind turbines, and weather changes – all of which impact the future of these unusual islands. Originally published in Germany by Ahead and Amazing, this is the first American edition.

The Lost Son by Ellen Dunne, originally published as Für immer mein by Eire Verlag, is a thriller about what happens when politics gets mixed up with family. Self-deprecating Tarek Waldmann is a biographer without his own story. He meets a very serious Helga in Vienna, who’s old enough to be his mother. He records her story of life in East Berlin ostensibly for a biography, unaware of how it might touch him personally. In the end, he figures out his own story after all.

Clevo Books is an independent publisher located in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in translated works from Germany that explore cultural identity. She is a graduate of the Kent State University Translation Studies M.A. program and has translated several nonfiction books.

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