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From Ferdinand von Schirach, one of Germany's most prominent defense attorneys, comes a jolting debut collection of short stories that daringly brings to light the motivations stirring within the criminal mind. By turns witty and sorrowful, unflinchingly brutal and heartbreaking, the deeply affecting, quietly unnerving cases presented in Crime urge a closer examination of guilt and innocence.

In "Fähner," a small-town physician and avid gardener betrays little emotion when he takes an ax to his wife's head, an act that shocks the locals but provides a
long-awaited reprieve for the good doctor. Abbas, a Palestinian refugee who is cornered into a life of crime, finds true love and seemingly a saving grace with a beautiful student named Stefanie in "Summertime." But when she is viciously murdered in a hotel room after having been paid to sleep with one of the country's wealthiest men, is Abbas to blame or is it the man who seems to have it all? And in the startling story "Love," a young man's infatuation with his girlfriend takes a grisly turn as he comes to grips with his unconventional--and uncontrollable--impulses to truly know a woman.

"Guilt," writes von Schirach, "always presents a bit of a problem." In this beautifully nuanced and telling collection, guilt is indeed never as clear-cut as the crime, and justice is more nebulous still.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307594150
Branch Call Number: FICTION Schirach Ferdinan 01/2011
Characteristics: 188 p.,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Janeway, Carol Brown


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Mar 09, 2016

An interesting collection of real crime cases. Good psychological description of individuals involved by unfortunate and/or social circumstances. Good writing, good translation.

Nov 05, 2014

This is an amazingly well-written book, very sparse and yet with an excellent eye for detail. The depiction of each character in each story is masterful. The stories are very easy to read - I read this volume in one afternoon.

Jun 05, 2012

This German author tells his stories in a very minimalistic manner. Once you get used to the writing style, you may even find you like it. These stories of crime and the people who committed them were harrowing and a bit disturbing, and its interesting to see them from the p.o.v. of a defense attorney.

Jan 31, 2011



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