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Self's Punishment by Bernhard Schlink

Self's Punishment

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

What a delight! A well written (as one would expect from the author of The Reader), well built detective story with an eccentric 68-year old widower the reluctant investigator of computer hacking at a giant chemical factory. Obviously he finds old secrets and a lot else in a suspenseful, highly satisfying read. Good one.

Comparison: Christopher Fowler (crime), Colin Dexter, Peter Robinson.
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Self's Punishment by Bernhard Schlink

Sixty-eight years old; a smoker of Sweet Aftons, a dedicated drinker of Aviateur cocktails, and the owner of a charismatic cat named Turbo, Gerhard Self is an unconventional private detective.
When Self is summoned by his long-time friend and rival Korten to investigate several incidents of computer-hacking at a chemicals company, he finds himself dealing with an unfamiliar kind of crime that throws up many challenges. But in his search for the hacker, Self stumbles upon something far more sinister. His investigation eventually unearths dark secrets that have been hidden for decades, and forces Self to confront his own demons.


"Here the crime novel becomes the vessel for a more raw, immediate and violent response to the demands of guilt and reparation than The Reader allows... strangely compelling."

"crammed full of ideas"

"Gerhard Self is a find. He is likeable, eccentric and on the lookout for women... He is tough without any macho attitude and feels guilt when it is appropriate. He also, without any seeming angst, takes the law into his own hands. I look forward to his next appearance."
Harriet Waugh

About the Author

Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany is 1944. A professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the major international bestselling novel and movie The Reader, short story collection Flights of Love and several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Berlin and New York.

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4th August 2005


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