Frank Schätzing: The Tyranny of the Butterfly


lit.RUHR 2018

Frank Schätzing: The Tyranny of the Butterfly

Luther Opoku is the sheriff of Sierra County, a sleepy gold mining region in the California Mountains, where he has to deal with petty crimes, the production of illicit drugs and a constant lack of staff. But when he gets called out one morning, everything changes. A woman has fallen into a gorge under mysterious circumstances. Was it an accident? Murder? Luther’s investigations lead him to a secluded research facility in the high mountains, operated by the powerful high-tech company Nordvisk Inc., headquartered 200 miles away in Silicon Valley. Together with his deputy sheriff Ruth Underwood, Luther gets caught up in surreal events in the course of the investigation and soon starts to doubt his sanity. Even time starts to dissolve. The secret in the mountains is only the beginning of an odyssey to the limits of the imaginable – and beyond ...

Frank Schätzing’s breathtaking new thriller is about one of the most explosive topics of our times: artificial intelligence. In an enthralling multimedia production, he presents The Tyranny of the Butterfly.

“Schätzing’s best book so far” (Focus)

“Gripping right to the very last page, ‘The Tyranny of the Butterfly’ will also broaden your horizons” (NDR Kultur)

“[A] monumental thriller plot [...] Guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end” (DLF Kultur)

“Frank Schätzing has written another page turner that reads like a film” (RBB Inforadio)

  • Sunday 14 October

    14. October 2018

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Frank Schätzing

Frank Schätzing, born 1957, is a German author. He worked as a …



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