It was with great sadness that I learned today of the death of Jakob Arjouni, author of the brilliant Kayankaya hard-boiled detective thrillers.
I have always been a mystery fan. For that reason, living in Germany for almost a decade in the '90's was something of a challenge for me, since I had trouble finding any home-grown German mystery writers worth reading ... until I discovered the work of Arjouni.
Arjouni is an excellent mystery writer, period. Particularly in a country like Germany that lacks much of a mystery-writing tradition, however, Arjouni is a true giant. He will be missed.