Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Dortmund Hibernate by C J Sutton + Excerpt

Dortmund Hibernate by C J Sutton
First published in America by Crooked Cat Books tomorrow, the 18th July 2018.

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository : from £7.99 (PB)
Wordery : from £9.16 (PB)
Waterstones : unavailable
Amazon : from $2.64 / £1.99 (ebook)
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Psychologist Dr Magnus Paul is tasked with the patients of Dortmund Asylum – nine criminally insane souls hidden from the world due to the extremity of their acts. 

Magnus has six weeks to prove them sane for transfer to a maximum-security prison, or label them as incurable and recommend a death sentence under a new government act. 

As Magnus delves into the darkness of the incarcerated minds, his own sanity is challenged. Secrets squeeze through the cracks of the asylum, blurring the line between reality and nightmare, urging Magnus towards a new life of crime…

The rural western town of Dortmund and its inhabitants are the backdrop to the mayhem on the hill. 

It's Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.


In the following excerpt from Dortmund Hibernate, Dr Magnus Paul is driven to the Asylum for his first shift as psychologist to the criminally insane. Here we get our first glimpse of the iconic facility and some information on the conditions presented to the nine remaining inmates. With no personal form of transport, Magnus is reliant on a designated driver to get him up the hill to the asylum from Dortmund. 

Tyres crackled against the gravel road that spiralled up the steep hill towards Dortmund Asylum: ‘Dortmund’ due to the rural Western town it overlooked, not to be confused with the thriving German city, and ‘Asylum’ due to the patients within. Magnus Paul, from the passenger seat, absorbed the sight of the facility perched at the summit as grey clouds hovered above the decaying roof.
“They don’t let you bring your own car up here,” said the taxi driver, drumming his thick fingers against the steering wheel, peering left and right from beneath his unnecessary sunglasses. “No cars to be left on the premises, in case…well, you wouldn’t want the bastards high-tailing away now would you?”
Magnus ignored the small talk, focused on his first day as the psychologist at one of the most mysterious buildings in the country; one of the final ‘labelled’ houses for the criminally insane. His task: to be the only point of contact available, as those residing within spent all remaining life in solitude. No yard time, no chance to mingle with others. Strict solitude. The laws didn’t apply to this land; out of sight, out of jurisdiction. Even the name ‘Asylum’, long drained out of society like a sour infection, rested on the plaque.

Magnus’ first steps into the Asylum soon follow as he meets the lead guard and walks through the hallway with laughter filling his ears. First impressions are a tell-tale sign, and the psychologist enters a cell to have his first session with an animal-obsessed murderer.  

Meet the author:

C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Communication with majors in journalism and creative writing, and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.

As a professional writer C.J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate is his debut novel.   

Author links: 
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  1. That's an interesting cover for that book.

  2. Well this does sound disturbing ;)

    1. I seem to be featuring several disturbing books this month!