born in 1957, completed a degree in business, and, after a short period of employ ment in the car industry, worked in the book trade. This led him to the field of publishing, where he was employed by various highly regarded firms both in Germany and abroad. In 1994 Heinichen, Elisabeth Ruge and Arnulf Co nradi founded the Berlin Verlag and he was head of the company until 1999. He visit ed Trieste for the first time in 1980, where he now lives as a freelance writer. His detective novels about Inspector Proteo Laurenti have been translated into many languages and adapted for film.
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