Morgue Drawer Four (Morgue Drawer Series)

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SHY, BUT SCRUPULOUS, he is happy working as a coroner in the Cologne morgue ― until one of his usually taciturn “clients” starts talking to him. It seems the ghost of a recently deceased (and surprisingly chatty) small-time car thief named Pascha is lingering near his lifeless body in drawer number four of Martin’s morgue. He remains for one reason: his accidental death was actually murder. Pascha isn’t too keen on the good doctor, considering the tidy manner in which his body was dissected upon the autopsy table. But Martin is the only person Pascha can communicate with, and the only person who can do the detective work required to smoke out his killer. Desperate to reclaim his quiet life, Martin grudgingly agrees to help the ghost, setting off on a wild adventure through the city’s red-light district and the dark world of German car smuggling. Witty and unexpected, Morgue Drawer Four introduces a memorable (and reluctant) detective unlike any other in fiction today.

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Question:
The Friedrich Glauser Prize is one of the highest accolades a crime novel can receive in Germany. What was your first thought after you found out you’d been nominated? Has it affected your life or your approach to writing?

Jutta Profijt: When I first heard the news, I could not believe it, because the success of the Morgue Drawer series is based on political incorrectness and black humor--two characteristics that usually find a lot of enthusiasm among readers but little appreciation among German awards committees. I was very happy, of course, but it hasn’t really changed my life or my writing. I still write for readers, not for awards committees.

Q: How did you create such a memorable pair of crime fighters? Are Martin and Pascha based on anyone you know?

JP: The idea to have a “ghost” investigating his own murder came to me when I visited the morgue in Cologne. There, among the bodies, I suddenly thought: “What if one of these deceased people is not as dead as he is supposed to be?” Thank god there is no one like Pascha around in my real life. I just wanted to create a character that really drives Martin--the only person who can hear him and who can’t get rid of him--up the wall. So I gave Pascha all the characteristics I don’t like in people: I made him uneducated, intolerant, narrow-minded, egocentric, and sexist. But he also touches my heart because he is so lonely, and his heart is in the right place. And readers like him, too.

Q: Did a real morgue drawer inspire Pascha’s new home? Why number four?

JP: Yes, there’s a real morgue drawer in Cologne, but the drawers are not numbered. I wanted Pascha to think of it as his last known address, so I chose that form; and the number had to be four because I liked the sound of the title in German.

Q: You have quite a résumé: au pair, importer/exporter, executive coach, English instructor. Have these varied experiences shaped you as a writer?

JP: I believe that everything I have done in life has had an effect on my writing, but my becoming a novelist was purely coincidence. I never planned to start writing, but it’s somewhat logical. I have always been interested in other people, curious to see what they do and to understand why they do it. Communication has always played a major part in my life, often in foreign languages as I taught and translated English and French. When writing novels, I can combine all these interests.

Q: What’s next for unlikely hero Martin Gänsewein?

JP: Pascha sticks around to give Martin a hard time. In his private life, in his job, even in the bathroom, Martin will be watched--and not just watched, because Pascha comments on and criticizes every move Martin makes. And because Pascha has reached eternity, there’s no end in sight for Martin to get rid of him.

About the Author:

Jutta Profijt has worked as a project manager in exports, as a freelance lecturer in business English and business French, and as an examiner for the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Her novel Morgue Drawer Four was nominated for the 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel, and her series featuring Pascha, the cocky ghost detective, now includes five books. In addition to crime fiction, Profijt also writes more cheerful fare. Both her Morgue Drawer series and other novels have been translated into English. Profijt currently writes full time in the hinterlands of Germany’s Lower Rhine region.

MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in Los Angeles.

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