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Crime and Guilt

by Ferdinand von Schirach

Crime and Guilt Synopsis

Meet Fahner, the retired small-town doctor who resorts to the garden axe when his patience with his cruel wife runs out. Meet Patrick, so entranced by the sight of his sleeping girlfriend that he cuts a small piece out of her back, just to see what she tastes like. Meet the silent assassin who calmly despatches two Neo-Nazi thugs on a railway platform. A nameless lawyer invites us to read an extraordinary dossier of violent and unspeakable acts. All the crimes have one thing in common: the guilty have never been convicted in a court of law. But however heinous the crime, the narrator shows how the human circumstances behind events can tell a different story.

Crime and Guilt Press Reviews

A wonderful debut, gripping from the very first page and not a word out of place * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung * What makes these tales stand out are not the extremes of their protagonists but the narrator's voice: resistant to melodrama, dryly funny...never less than humane. If Crime shows the arbitrary nature of justice, it also backs the underdogs -- Adrian Turpin * Financial Times * A strange and scary fictionalised casebook -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent, Books of the Year * Mesmerizing * New York Times * Small literary gems * The Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099549277
Publication date: 1st May 2012
Author: Ferdinand von Schirach
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 432 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ferdinand von Schirach

Ferdinand von Schirach was born in Munich in 1964 and is one of Germany's most prominent defence lawyers. Verbrechen (Crime) became an instant bestseller in Germany when it was launched in 2009.

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