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Third Edition 2023
Unnamed Forces
The Powers That Be

My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
George Bernard Shaw. John Bull's Other Island.

In 1936 Germany and Japan sign a treaty with two oil companies: The two countries divide among each other the oil exploitation in Siberia. The diplomatic courier carrying the German version of the treaty from Tokyo to Berlin disappears while crossing the Soviet Union traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

Nearly seventy years later Jack Boulder, a Canadian living in the Swiss city of Basel, is asked by the German Foreign Office to trace the original copy of the treaty.



Second Edition 2018
Berlin Export

Difficile est saturam non scribere.
It is difficult not to write satire.
Juvenal. Saturae I, 30

You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty.
Jessica Mitford.

Two German tourists die in traffic accidents in Egypt. Their bodies are used to transport a huge amount of dollar bills into Germany. Why are the responsible German authorities not interested in this case?

In the guise of a Canadian journalist Jack Boulder is sent to Egypt by a minor German secret service to inquire about the background, traveling with a German government minister's delegation. Unintentionally, an airline physician gives Boulder a lead that finally takes him to Spain.



First Edition 2022
Occident Express

I hate things all fiction … there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric —
and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.
Lord Byron in a letter to his publisher John Murray — London 1817.

Προαιρεῖσθαί τε δεῖ ἀδύνατα εἰκότα μᾶλλον ἢ δυνατὰ ἀπίθανα.
Prob­able im­possi­bi­li­ties are pre­fer­able to im­prob­able possi­bi­li­ties.
Aristotele. Poetics. 1460A; c. 335 BC.

The third volume in the series … the year is 2006. Russia and its billionaires promise riches and an auspicious future, for many the country has become the land of the rising sun, not least for German media czars and politicians.

From Basel to the Mediterranean, from Berlin to Istanbul — and beyond.



First Edition 2018
Der Detektiv in der LiteraturEin Essay

Der Autor hat diesen Essay vor einiger Zeit ge­schrie­ben, um sich selbst einen klei­nen Über­blick über die De­te­ktiv­ge­stal­ten in der Li­tera­tur zu ver­schaf­fen und zu ver­suchen, die klas­si­schen Cha­rak­tere und teil­weise auch die Hand­lungs­ab­läufe zu be­schrei­ben — des­halb auch der Un­ter­titel des kleinen Buches: „Zum Ei­gen­ge­brauch“.

This book is available in German only.


The Author



Peter de Chamier has a doc­­to­r­ate in hi­st­ory and works for an inter­­nat­io­nal scien­tific and hum­ani­ta­rian founda­tion.

The author has written and edited a number of non-fiction books that were trans­lated into seven lan­gua­ges. He has con­tribut­ed numerous news­­paper arti­c­les to the cul­­ture and arts sec­­tions of se­ve­­ral lead­­ing news­p­apers, and has a re­gu­lar column in a scien­­ti­fic news ma­ga­­zine.


spaceholder new red   Author's Remarks

spaceholder red yellow   Things were easier for the old no­ve­lists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through, their vil­lains wholly bad.
W. Somerset Maugham. A Writer's Note­book. 1949.

spaceholder red yellow   But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.
Raymond Chandler. The Simple Art of Murder. An Essay. 1950.

spaceholder new blue   I am a slow writer.

Some­times I get this question: "Have you writ­ten a new de­tec­tive novel?"

My personal response is: I do not write detec­tive novels, at least not in the orig­inal sense of the genre; hardly anyone writes de­tect­ive novels nowadays. I write books that I label "political thril­lers", which may be an appro­priate descript­ion, but it doesn't do them full just­ice.

Enter­tain­ment and suspense: yes, absolu­tely; de­script­ion of society: yes, wanted; liter­ature: na­tur­al­ly; history and stories.

It is difficult to squeeze them into one genre: are they adven­ture novels, spy novels, de­velop­mental novels, "enter­tainments" in the sense of Graham Greene — or perhaps satires?

Not justice and mora­lity dominate the world, but il­legal­ity, in­just­ice and egoism. The de­pict­ions of an ideal world, in which an evil­doer is imm­edia­tely tracked down and ex­pell­ed from so­ciety, are — as in English detect­ive liter­ature — mere fairy tales.

Spy novels live from espion­age and all its side effects. They were, in turn, pri­mari­ly a British, and to a les­ser extent — and later in time — an American li­ter­ary genre.

In my novels I write what I want to write and read. How­ever, I also read books of many other genres. And I don't necessarily write to sell books and cap­ture as many readers as poss­ible, rather for my own pleasure — and for my per­so­nal reader friends.

If others enjoy them, it is also my pleas­ure.

Many authors write on the one hand for them­selves, on the other hand and, first and foremost, for their readers. In most cases, there is no direct feed­back between both — although authors usual­ly enjoy receiv­ing en­courage­ment, praise and advice. Un­fortuna­tely, there are also un­founded mali­cious criticisms, which can only be avoided by ig­nor­ing them.

Then there are readers who can­not or do not want to dis­tin­guish a novel from real­ity in every­day life. For example, they accept many things in a spy novel as facts — even readers from "educated" circles.

Things get worse when detective novels or poli­tical thril­lers are written in the first person, which some readers inter­pret as auto­bio­graphy.

Bruce Marshall writes in the preface to his (almost detect­ive) novel "The Divided Lady"(1960):

"So many intel­ligent persons mis­inter­pret the novelist's trade that I feel I must explain that not only are all the char­acters and events in this story imagin­ary, but that the narrator is too and that his creator does not always share his views or commend his conduct."

As I stated above, my novels are written in the form of the poli­­tical thril­ler, moral­­ly neu­tral — still moral, vi­gi­­lant, full of sus­­pense, ton­gue in cheek, and based on solid fact­­ual and hist­o­rical found­a­tions.

Of course, I exercise a novelist’s right in taking a few li­ber­ties ne­ces­sary for the flow of the plot with incidents and the weath­er at certain times and places.

I hope to entertain my readers.