Status: 25.09.2023, 18:00 p.m.
By: Carina Blumenroth
Is he guilty, is he innocent? Who is friend and who is foe? In the thriller "Auris" you don't know exactly who is on which side. Suspense until the last page.
The young true-crime podcaster Jula Ansorge is on a big mission: She has made it her goal to clear up miscarriages of justice. She is currently working on the case of Matthias Hegel (known as Auris). He is an acoustic profiler and has even brought criminals to prison. Now he is sitting in it because he is said to have murdered a homeless woman. He even confessed to the crime. Jula Ansorge doesn't believe it and starts researching.
Vincent Kliesch "Auris": Nothing is as it seems
"Auris" is the first volume of the thriller series by Vincent Kliesch. There are now four books in the Reine. (Montage) © Montage: mix1/Imago/Droemer
The voice says a lot about people to the untrained ear. For example, emotions such as anger, joy or sadness can be filtered out quite well. But experts can see much more. As an acoustic profiler, Matthias Hegel has a trained ear.
Matthias Hegel, called 'Auris' (= Latin: the ear), is an acoustic profiler. The voice of a perpetrator is enough for him to determine his origin, appearance and psyche – and to distinguish truth from lies. Numerous criminals were convicted with his help. But now the renowned professor is in custody for a murder that he himself confessed.
Jula Ansorge, a radio editor with the heart project of the True Crime Podcast, takes care of the matter. Without ifs and buts, she contacts Hegel's lawyer and investigates his environment. She is in contact with hackers who leak information to her and eventually becomes the perpetrator's target herself. Her little half-brother Elyas, who also gets on the wrong track from time to time, is kidnapped because Jula has continued her research. She does not want to listen to warnings from Matthias Hegel, who also seems to be pursuing a plan. It's a matter of life and death – you could hear that in the voice of the perpetrator.
"Auris": who is friend and who is foe?
The young radio editor Jula Ansorge is struggling alone – she has had to do so for a long time, as she herself has a story behind her that is a case for her own podcast. Her big brother allegedly raped her in Argentina and then killed himself in a cell. Jula, however, does not believe that it was her brother who raped her – smell and stature did not fit. She broke off contact with her mother because she criticized her for the podcast. She doesn't have the best relationship with her father. Her ex-boyfriend Paul has betrayed her – or is it perhaps he who is playing the wrong game and pulling the strings?
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"Auris" based on an idea by Sebastian Fitzek
Sometimes all it takes is a bit of luck and coincidence. This was the case with the encounter between Sebastian Fitzek and Vincent Kliesch, as he IPPEN. MEDIA says: "I met him at a radio station. I had found out that he was there. My book was supposed to be published by a large trade publisher. As luck would have it, I stood with him in the coffee kitchen for a short time and chatted. Since then, we have met again and again in Berlin and develop stories together."
The core idea of "Auris" comes from Sebastian Fitzek, who wrote "Die Therapie", for example.
The exchange between the two authors was intensive, as Kliesch continues: "We talk on the phone during the week and discuss everything we have written. We have each other's backs." Fitzek "outsourced" the idea for the "Auris" series because he didn't have time for it. But it should go on and Sebastian Fitzek will no longer play such a big role: "Bit by bit, the name Fitzek will also disappear from the titles of the "Auris" series."
- Auris (2019)
- The Frequency of Death (2020)
- Noise of Death (2021)
- The Sound of Evil (2022)
By the way, Sebastian Fitzek is following up with "The Invitation" in terms of thrillers, the book will be published on October 25th.
Vincent Kliesch "Auris": The Conclusion
The following section contains opinions:
"Auris" by Vincent Kliesch is the first part of a promising series. It is a real page turner that always raises questions and makes you doubt. I've caught myself thinking at one time or another, I've got the truth out now. Again and again you are taught better and the next exciting shoot comes. Which protagonists can be trusted? Who is playing the wrong game and trying to pull the strings? The end is open – so you don't really know which of the many theories is true now. Even if the resolution is missing at the end, I can't be angry about it, because Kliesch has managed to draw me into his world with the book. An exciting, entertaining excursion into the world of profiler Matthias Hegel and radio editor Jula Ansorge.
Vincent Kliesch "Auris"
2019, Droemer, ISBN: 978-3-426-30718-2
Price: 12.99 euros, paperback, 352 pages
Vincent Kliesch was born in Berlin and still lives there today. Even in his childhood, Kliesch wrote stories that he recited on school trips in the evenings, for example. "The Purity of Death" was his first bestseller in 2010. Based on Sebastian Fitzek's idea, he wrote the "Auris" series.