River Clyde


When a mysterious letter suggests that she has inherited an old house Chastity Riley travels to Glasgow, where she is forced to confront the demons of her past. A powerful, breathtakingly emotive new thriller from the Queen of Krimi, Simone Buchholz.

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Chastity Riley travels to Scotland to face the demons of her past, as Hamburg is hit by a major arson attack. Queen of Krimi, Simone Buchholz, returns with the emotive fifth instalment in the electric Chastity Riley series ?
‘Written in crackling prose and with searing insight, this is a deeply heartfelt slice of existential noir – utterly unique’ Doug Johnstone
‘A beautifully crafted exploration of grief and redemption, wrapped in a love letter to Glasgow … Glorious writing’ Will Carver

‘Reading Buchholz is like walking on firecrackers ? a truly unique voice in crime fiction’ Graeme Macrae Burnet 


Mired in grief after tragic recent events, state prosecutor Chastity Riley escapes to Scotland, lured to the birthplace of her great-great-grandfather by a mysterious letter suggesting she has inherited a house. 

In Glasgow, she meets Tom, the ex-lover of Chastity’s great aunt, who holds the keys to her own family secrets – painful stories of unexpected cruelty and loss that she’s never dared to confront. 

In Hamburg, Stepanovic and Calabretta investigate a major arson attack, while a group of property investors kicks off an explosion of violence that threatens everyone. 

As events in these two countries collide, Chastity prepares to face the inevitable, battling the ghosts of her past and the lost souls that could be her future and, perhaps, finally finding redemption for them all.

Breathtakingly emotive, River Clyde is an electrifying, poignant and powerful story of damage and hope, and one woman’s fight for survival.

‘Every word is a heartbeat, loaded with pain and anguish and self-discovery. This is Harbour Noir. This is a bravura literary performance, and a fitting swansong’ Paul Burke, CrimeTime FM
In just a few words – a light brushstroke – Simone paints such a vivid picture. Unlike any crime novel I’ve read. I loved it’ Michael J. Malone
‘Simone Buchholz writes with real authority and a pungent, noir-ish sense of time and space’ Independent
 ‘A literary novel that captures the mind, and perhaps the heart, in unexpected ways’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘Lyrical and always beautiful even when it turns ugly. Quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, and that’s really saying something’
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Praise for the Chastity Riley series

‘Simone Buchholz writes with real authority and a pungent, noir-ish sense of time and space ? a palpable hit’ Independent

‘[A] nerve-racking narrative ? [with] a cunning climax that is shocking and deeply romantic’ The Times

‘Modern noir, with taut storytelling, a hard-bitten heroine, and underlying melancholy peppered with wry humour ? there’s a fizz, a poetry and a sense of coolness’ New Zealand Listener

‘The coolest character in crime fiction ? Darkly funny and written with a huge heart’ Big Issue

‘Fierce enough to stab the heart’ Spectator

‘A stylish, whip-smart thriller’ Herald Scotland

‘Combines slick storytelling with substance ? like a straight shot of top-shelf liquor: smooth yet fiery, packing a punch with no extraneous ingredients watering things down’ Mystery Scene

‘With brief, pacy chapters and fizzling dialogue, this almost feels like American procedural noir and not a translation’ Maxim Jakubowski

‘A smart and witty book that shines a probing spotlight on society’ CultureFly

‘Fans of Brookmyre could do worse than checking out Simone Buchholz, a star of the German crime lit scene who has been deftly translated into English by Rachel Ward’ Goethe Institute

‘Lyrical and pithy, this adventure set in the melting pot of contemporary Hamburg has a plot and a sensibility that ‘ Sunday Times

‘Constantly surprising an original, firecracker of a read’ LoveReading

Additional information

Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm










Paperback original


833.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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