to torch a fake

A Porsche 911 from the 1970s burns out in an accident in Germany’s hilly Eifel region. Although the car is a complete write-off and destined for the scrap heap, a foreign dealer offers an unusually high price for the wreck … Motor journalist Sally Morgan is hot on the trail of an international criminal network that makes millions of euros out of classic car forgeries. In research efforts travelling throughout the whole of Europe, she and her friends get caught up in the deadly meshes of the Mafia.

The new genre: FUEL FICTION!

To date, there haven’t been any classic car crime novels. This was until I visited my friend Norbert Schroeder in his office at the Classic Remise in Düsseldorf. As the head of Classic Cars at TÜV Süd (a German vehicle inspection and testing organisation) and an expert of world renown, Norbert was mightily upset about a phone call he’d just had with a vehicle insurance company. My debut novel GLUTROT (TO TORCH A FAKE) was born from the backstory of that case as Norbert related it to me.
The new genre of Fuel Fiction has its first literary work.
(There will be more... I promise!)
Fuel Fiction is not made up of those classic petrol-head stories that are often told as jokey cock-and-bull stories. These are crime thrillers with high-octane fuel in their veins – fiction inspired by a true backstory. We have a story about love, life, and laughter – as well as about murder for the basest of motives. And every screw – at least in the classic cars themselves – sits where it should.
G.J.D.

 

[Translate to English:] Gerhard Johannes Dressen mit seinem Krimi Glutrot

Reader's Feedback
for the german edition GLUTROT

For me, Glutrot could have had 150 more pages. I'm looking forward to the next case of motor journalist Sally Morgan!

Iris Rohmann freelance journalist WDR

Wow, devoured within 2 days. Great first thriller from the newcomer author! The story is exciting, the language sophisticated. ... Very, very entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next part.

Louisa Schilling

Exciting novel, which illuminates the dark side of the oldtimer hype but nevertheless highlights the beauty of the hobby. Sympathetic and intelligent leading protagonists portrayed as human and well-described characters. Clear buy and - above all - reading recommendation. Congratulations on your first work - keep it up!

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[Translate to English:]

If you've read my debut novel GLUTROT (To Torch a Fake), then you're one of those readers who already knows what's what when it comes to classic car crime thrillers. And from now on you can show it, too — by adding a "FUELFICTION.com" sticker to your very own car.

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My cover designer Casandra Krammer has done me proud: my German crime thriller “GLUTROT” has transformed into “TO TORCH A FAKE” in its English translation. The adaptation of the German title is the brainchild of my English translator, James Cook. 

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Speeding on Mallorca? Here are the hottest routes for classic car fans on the island! We took them under our wheels during our research for the second Sally Morgan thriller.

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As a crime writer, you're constantly on the lookout for ways to make your protagonists die. Some of them are found by chance. Like this one: Beautiful murder with the stonecutter's pen and wedge.

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