Book details

192 Pages
Publication date: October 2024
Imprint: ecoWing
Helge Timmerberg

On the Hunt

From London to Nice: A Viennese Detective on the Hunt for Criminals

A born cop

The hunt for murderers, fraudsters, pimps and thieves is his life—and his passion. The bestselling author Helge Timmerberg met Tommy, a Viennese target investigator, by chance and was fascinated by his stories. That’s how this book came about.

Tommy was never the man for the rough stuff, but even as a child he always wanted to be the seeker when playing hide-and-seek. At 18 he became a policeman, at 23 he joined the Vienna Criminal Investigation Department. His luck as a seeker never ran out—as a target investigator for the Austrian Federal Criminal Police within the country in the 80s and 90s, and from the 2000s worldwide. London, Nice, Genoa, no matter where the criminals felt safe—at some point Tommy stood in front of them.

This is not a novel. This is real life. This book tells 16 stories from the world of crime, written by the master of reportage, Helge Timmerberg.

»Is there a God? No. But thank God for the police.«


Helge Timmerberg

Helge Timmerberg, born in 1952 in Germany, hitchhiked to India at the age of 17 and decided to become a journalist. He writes travel reports from all over the world for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Stern, Spiegel and others. He has recently published numerous successful books.