Johann Friedrich von Allmen & Carlos de Leon

Created by Martin Suter

Carlos & Johann

You’re pulling my leg, right?

JOHANN FRIEDRICH von ALLMEN is the suave dandy and the “head” of Allmen International Inquiries, a detective agency that specializes in the recovery of stolen objets d’art and other precious trinkets, sounds like he should know what he’s doing. Especially with that triple-barreled name.

But his clever, pragmatic Guatemalan butler (and business partner) CARLOS de LEON is dubious. Extremely dubious. As in Wooster-and-Jeeves dubious. Not that von Allmen is necessarily as befuddled as Wooster, but he has his moments

Their cases take the would-be gentleman sleuth and his “man” through all the swellegant places in Europe, where they hobnob with the rich and the famous, in a series of frothy, lightly comic adventures, originally written in German by Martin Suter, a Swiss author, columnist and screenwriter. The books are now being translated into English by New Vessel Press, and a television show based on the books is now airing in North America on MHz.


  • Allmen und die Libellen (2010; in English as “Allmen and the Dragonflies”) Buy this book  Buy this audio Kindle it!
  • Allmen und der rosa Diamant (2011; in English as “Allmen and the Pink Diamond”) Buy this book Kindle it!
  • Allmen und die Dahlien (2013)
  • Allmen und die verschwundene María (2014; in English as “Allmen and the Vanished Maria”)
  • Allmen und die Erotik (2018)


    (2017-19, Universum Film [Germany])
    Based on characters created by Martin Suter
    Directors:Director: Thomas Berger
    Writers: Martin Rauhaus
    Starring Heino Ferch as JOHANN FRIEDRICH von ALLMEN
    and Samuel Finzi as CARLOS de LEON
    Also starring Andrea Osvárt, Isabella Parkinson, Jörg Pintsch
    Guest stars: Justus Carrière, Werner Biermeier, Ben Becker
    • Allmen und die Libellen (April 29, 2017)
    • Allmen und der rosa Diamant (May 6, 2017)
    • Allmen und das Geheimnis der Dahlien (March 17, 2019)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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