Sebastian Fitzek was born in Berlin in 1971. He probably didn’t see it coming that 35 years later – in 2006 – he would make his debut as a thriller author. Because his CV up to that point is anything but straightforward. As a child, Fitzek first dreamed of a career as a tennis player, then of a rock star. As a young adult, he studied veterinary medicine for three months, then switched to law. In 1996 he took a different path and completed a traineeship at the radio station 104.6 RTL. Three years later he became editor-in-chief at Berliner Rundfunk. At first it has nothing to do with writing psychological thrillers – until he finally spends 45 minutes in a doctor’s waiting room.

At the beginning of 2000 he was sitting in the waiting room accompanied by his girlfriend at the time. While she is in the doctor’s treatment room and he is waiting for her, he asks himself: “What if my girlfriend never comes out of the office again? What if everyone tells me that she never went in there in the first place?”. His first thriller idea comes into being. Six years later, he reached millions of readers and promptly became a best-selling author. From that point on, he couldn’t let go of writing. He publishes one successful novel after another. In the following text you will find Sebastian Fitzek’s works sorted in order. Starting with the most recent.

Marla Lindberg is looking forward to a long weekend in the Alps and decides to accept the invitation to a class reunion. But soon after her arrival, she realizes that the danger of leaving the abandoned mountain hotel in the middle of an icy snowstorm is far less than the danger of not doing so.

Release date: October 25, 2023

You can order “The Invitation” by Sebastian Fitzek from Amazon, and Thalia.

Sascha Nebel sits in a stolen car and ends up in the middle of climate activists who damage it. On the run from the police, he and a young woman burst into a 5th grade parents’ evening and have to pretend to be the parents of an 11-year-old boy in order to avoid arrest. The fact that Hector is the worst student in the school becomes the least of their problems.

Release date: April 26, 2023

“Parents’ Evening” by Selbastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Hannah Herbst is an experienced facial resonance expert in Germany, specializing in body language. After a memory loss operation, she is confronted with her most difficult case: a mother confesses to a brutal murder, escapes from prison and is now hunting her son. The problem: The murderer in the confession video is Hannah herself.

Release date: October 25, 2022

“Mimik” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Carl Vorlau, a mysterious patient in a psychiatric clinic, claims to have kidnapped a girl. He offers to give literary agent David Dolla a million-dollar advance to write a book about the crime and save the girl. But if Dolla refuses, Vorlau plans to not only kill the girl, but also destroy Dolla’s life. A book by Sebastian Fitzek and Micky Beisenherz.

Release date: March 30, 2022

“Write or die” by Sebastian Fitzek and Micky Beisenherz is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

15-year-old Feline Jagow disappears on the way to school. Private investigator Alexander Zorbach discovers an altered playlist on her music service on the Internet and suspects there is a clue in the songs. The search for Feline becomes a merciless race against time in which everyone’s chances of survival dwindle.

Release date: October 27, 2021

“Playlist” by Sebastian Fitzek is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

Sebastian Fitzek presents a road trip with Livius and Lea, two unique characters. Livius drives from Munich to Berlin to save his marriage. When his flight is canceled, he shares a rental car with Lea, who changes his perspective on life. The road trip becomes an unexpected journey for Livius.

Release date: April 28, 2021

“The First Last Day” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Saturday, just after 10 p.m. Jules Tannberg is on the support line, a voluntary service for women on the way home. They offer telephone support to ease anxiety. Today everything is different because Jules talks to Klara, who is in a life-threatening situation. Klara fears that she is being stalked by a man who has already attacked her and has written a grim date on her bedroom wall: the anniversary of Klara’s death, which begins in less than two hours.

Release date: October 21, 2020

“The Way Home” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon,, Thalia.

Milan Berg stands at a traffic light and sees a frightened girl in the car and a call for help. He cannot read it because he is illiterate. Nevertheless, he senses the danger. The search for the girl begins a nightmare that culminates in a terrible realization: sometimes ignorance is a blessing.

Release date: October 23, 2019

“The Gift” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Sebastian Fitzek thinks about what he would tell his children if he no longer had the opportunity. In personal episodes he shares important life wisdom and the path to happiness. “Fishes That Climb Trees” is his personal legacy searching for guidance and values.

Release date: August 3, 2020

“Fish that climb trees” by Sebastian Fitzek is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

A year has passed since Max Berkhoff disappeared. Only the silent perpetrator in the high-security psychiatric hospital knows the secret. Max’s father has only one way out to find out: he has to become an inmate himself to find out the truth.

Release date: February 3, 2020

“The Inmate” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

A deadly weapon that gets on board unnoticed. One flight: Buenos Aires to Berlin. An unstable passenger. A psychiatrist must convince him to crash the plane or the person he loves will die.

Release date: October 25, 2017

“Fear of Flight 7A” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

It’s August 8th, 8:08 a.m. You have 80 million enemies. Will you survive the eight night? A name is drawn in a death lottery and the chosen one is outlawed for eight nights. Anyone in Germany can kill him and receive a bounty of ten million euros. It’s her name.

Release date: March 14, 2017

“Achtnacht” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Psychiatrist Emma Stein no longer leaves her house after a horrific rape. She survived the “Barber”, a psychopath who shaves the hair of abused women and kills them. Emma fears he will come back to haunt her. In her paranoid state, she recognizes every man as her tormentor, even though she has never seen him. Her house is the only place where she feels safe until she is asked to accept a package for an unknown neighbor she has never met, even though she has lived on the street for years.

Release date: October 26, 2016

“The Package” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Max, an unsuccessful writer, is an upstanding citizen in contrast to his brother Cosmo, who is in a mental institution. Max has never done anything wrong, but in a few days he will commit one of the most terrible crimes without knowing it. However, there is someone who wants to kill him before it’s too late.

Release date: October 26, 2015

“The Joshua Profile” by Sebastian Fitzek is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

Every year around 20 people disappear from cruise ships at sea. But no one ever returned, until now. Martin Schwartz, a police psychologist, lost his wife and son on the Sultan of the Seas five years ago without knowing what happened. Since then he has been devastated and has been numbing himself with dangerous assignments as an undercover agent. In the middle of one such mission, he receives a call from a strange old lady who claims to have proof of his family’s fate. He hesitantly follows her lead and learns that a missing girl has appeared with his son’s teddy bear.

Release date: October 30, 2014

“Passenger 23” is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Without a name or origin, without memory of his arrival in Berlin or his time on the streets: the homeless call him Noah because of a tattoo on his palm. But Noah’s search becomes a journey that endangers not only his own life, but all of humanity. He is the crucial element in a conspiracy that has already claimed tens of thousands of victims.

Release date: December 20, 2013

“Noah” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

In his youth, Leon Nader suffered from sleep disorders, during which he became violent as a sleepwalker and required psychiatric help. Years later, his wife mysteriously disappears from their apartment. Leon wonders if his illness has returned. To monitor his nighttime behavior, he wears a motion-activated camera on his forehead. When he watches the recorded video the next morning, he makes a shocking discovery: his sleepwalking self enters the darkness through a door that was completely unfamiliar to him.

Release date: March 14, 2013

“The Nightwalker” by Sebastian Fitzek is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

Forensic doctor Paul Herzfeld finds the telephone number of his kidnapped daughter Hannah in a cruelly mutilated corpse. Herzfeld starts a desperate search because the kidnapper has prepared another corpse on Helgoland with clues. But the island is cut off by a hurricane, and the only hope is the comic artist Linda, who discovered the dead man on the beach. Herzfeld tries to get her to do the autopsy according to his instructions, even though Linda has no experience dissecting people.

Release date: September 26, 2012

“Abschnitt” is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Dr. Suker is a dangerous eye surgeon and psychopath who kidnaps women, removes their eyelids and abuses them. Police ask Alina Gregoriev, a blind physical therapist, to help identify Suker’s next victim. Alina is drawn into a dark nightmare of madness and violence.

Release date: September 27, 2011

“The Eye Hunter” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Thirteen top thriller authors promise a pleasant chill for the darkest time of the year. In their stories they ensure that your blood freezes in your veins and the horror lasts for a long time – well beyond the ten minutes of reading time.

Featuring: Sebastian Fitzek, Val McDermid, Thomas Thiemeyer, Torkil Damhaug, Petra Busch, Michael Connelly, Markus Heitz, Michael Koryta, Steve Mosby, Judith Merchant, Jens Lapidus, Markus Stromiedel, Jilliane Hoffman.

Release date: October 4, 2010

“P.S. I’ll kill you” is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

He plays the ancient game of hide-and-seek – and this time it’s children he’s hiding. And the search will never end. First he kills the mother, then he kidnaps the child and gives the father 45 hours to find him. If the deadline passes, the victim dies in his hiding place.

Release date: June 1, 2010

“The Eye Collector” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Christmas goosebumps! In the Scottish Highlands, the USA, Finland and Berlin, top crime authors such as Simon Beckett, Linwood Barclay, Sebastian Fitzek and others ensure high tension. Corpses in the snow, traumatic experiences, kidnappings and eerie visitations – all with the gently falling snow.

Release date: September 28, 2009

“Tödliche Gaben” is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

This story is about the protagonist Marc Lucas wanting to have the worst memory of his life, a self-inflicted car accident, erased. But after a psychiatric experiment, something goes wrong and his reality changes dramatically. His apartment suddenly belongs to someone else and he is confronted with his worst nightmare.

Release date: June 2, 2009

“Splitter” by Sebastian Fitzek is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Three young, beautiful and fun-loving women disappear without a trace and are held prisoner for a week by the infamous “soul crusher”. When they are found, they are psychologically broken and neglected. Shortly before Christmas, the soul crusher shows up in a luxury psychiatric clinic. The doctors and patients notice that the perpetrator was brought in undetected before the clinic was isolated by a snowstorm. They desperately try to protect each other, but on this night of horror the soul crusher shows that there is no escape.

Release date: September 1, 2008

“The Soul Crusher” is available at Amazon, and Thalia.

Criminal defense attorney Robert Stern meets a mysterious client: the seriously ill ten-year-old Simon, who claims to have been a murderer in a previous life. When Robert actually finds human remains in a cellar described by Simon, a murderous nightmare begins.

Release date: January 5, 2008

“The Child” by Sebastian Fitzek is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

This day will be her last. Renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin meticulously prepared her suicide to end the burden of her eldest daughter’s death. But then she is called to a radio station where a psychopath is staging a horrific hostage drama. The perpetrator calls people at random and releases hostages if they say a certain slogan. Otherwise, a person will be shot. He claims to keep playing until his long-dead fiancée comes to his studio. Ira takes on the desperate negotiation in front of an audience of millions.

Release date: April 1, 2007

“The Amok Game” by Sebastian Fitzek is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

No witnesses, no traces, no body. Josy, the daughter of psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, disappears under mysterious circumstances. Their fate remains unknown. Four years later: Viktor, full of sadness, lives in seclusion on a small island. But then a stranger appears with delusions and sees a missing girl, similar to Josy back then. Does this have anything to do with Josy’s disappearance? Viktor begins therapy, which develops into a dramatic interrogation.

Release date: June 3, 2006

“The Therapy” by Sebastian Fitzek is available on Amazon, and Thalia.

Note: Books in which Sebastian Fitzek contributed ideas, were published under his pseudonym Max Rhode or as graphic novels are not listed in this article.


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