The Murder Farm
By Andrea Maria Schenkel
Immensely popular in its native Germany, Schenkel's debut novel,
Tannöd, crossed English-speaking waters with a kinetic translation and an evocative new title:
The Murder Farm. The contents are as eerie, and as grimy, as those three words would have you believe. The story starts with the horrible murder of a farmer and his family in a 1950s village, and, from then on in, it's propelled along on a stream of blood, tears, and suspicion. The joy—if that's what you call it—comes from piecing together the babbling testimony of the various surviving villagers. But, be warned, it hardly paints a kind portrait of humankind.