Published Jan 2010
It is 2026. Sharkey, a Viennese newspaper columnist, spends a tiresome evening with Leo, a drunken computer nerd. Nearly three months later, he is called by the man’s unexpectedly glamorous widow. Her husband has died in mysterious circumstances, and she believes that he has passed on vital information to his new ‘friend’.
Against his better judgement, Sharkey begins a long, fearsomely complex and frequently dangerous search through the cyberhighways and the city. This is a dark world of nationalistic violence and racial strife, where information technology and genetic engineering have together seized terrifying new power.
Compelling, brilliant and deeply stylish, Vienna Blood is an extraordinary literary thriller set in a chillingly plausible future.
Winner of the Crime Writers’ Silver Dagger Award