Pure subtle suspense!
The story is set in the movie and TV milieu, locations are
the Bavaria Film Studios, the Starnberger See and the Alps.
Protagonists are Eva Kupper, around 30 and the continuity girl,
and Karl Schmidt, in his early fifties, father of four daughters
and script author.
Eva is deeply disconcerted by a sexual encounter during a carnival
celebration on the Bavaria premises. She falls for a mysterious
man disguised as a woman.
A few months later she breaks down,
only faintly sensing the real reason for her collapse. She asks Karl
Schmidt to start investigations and find out the identity of
the disguised man. He has just started to do so when a young
woman, working on the same production as Karl and Eva, is
murdered. As it turns out there is a connection between Eva's and
her colleague's fate.
This story is a mixture
of eroticism and
suspense, sex, soap, and crime, Shakespeare and the movies,
Hitchcock and Pocahontas, the Indian chief's daughter, who saves
the white man Captain Smith from certain death.
(If you replace the Bavaria
Studios with Hollywood, the Starnberger See with the Pacific
Ocean, and the Alps with the California Coast Hills, you have a
perfect setting for this story.)