Petra Hammesfahr

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Petra Hammesfahr (born 10 May 1951 in Titz, North Rhine-Westphalia) is an acclaimed German crime writer. She has won several awards, including the Crime Prize of Wiesbaden and the Rhineland Literary Prize.[1][2]

Her first novel was published in 1991, followed by more than a dozen more and significant popular success by the middle of that decade.

Her novel The Sinner was published to wide acclaim in English by Bitter Lemon Press in 2007/2008 (and again recently[when?] in the United States by Penguin Books), translated from the original by John Brownjohn.[3][4][5] The Sinner has been adapted for television by USA Network as an eight-episode limited series starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, and premiered on August 2, 2017.

A second novel, The Lie, was published by Bitter Lemon Press in 2010.[6]

Hammesfahr lives in Kerpen, a town near Cologne.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Klaus Spangenmacher. "Interview mit Petra Hammesfahr" (in German). Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  2. ^ "Petra Hammesfahr". Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  3. ^ "The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr".
  4. ^ "The Sinner/Petra Hammesfahr". Publishers Weekly. December 24, 2007. Translated from the German by John Brownjohn; release date (U.S.): February 1, 2008. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  5. ^ "Petra Hammesfahr: The Sinner". Bitter Lemon Press. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  6. ^ "The Lie/Petra Hammesfahr". Publishers Weekly. March 22, 2010. Translated from the German by Mike Mitchell; release date (U.S.): April 1, 2010. Retrieved 2017-08-02.

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