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The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach
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The Collini Case (2011)

by Ferdinand von Schirach

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This author generally writes short stories, and I wondered if in this case he had been persuaded to pad one out which, if printed in a big enough typeface, could be fat enough to be priced as a novel. Certainly the autopsy scene seemed to be taking place in real time, but taught me a thing or two, and my ageing eyes appreciated the big, big print, but if I'd paid £7.99 instead of picking it up second hand, I might have felt a bit short changed.

The story concerns a murder case, in which a young lawyer is facing an uphill task defending his client who apparently shot a man in cold blood in a hotel room, and then popped downstairs and told reception what had happened before waiting for the police to show up. Whilst it was never quite clear to me - even once the plot had been played out - why Collini took so long to explain his actions, the story is entirely readable, clear and concise with the requisite twists and turns, and informative as to specific areas of German law. It's too short to get lost in, but you emerge with food for thought. ( )
  jayne_charles | Jul 28, 2017 |
Wie auch schon seine Kurzgeschichten, ein "Page-turner". ( )
  fivo | Apr 14, 2017 |

Irgendwann wird es einem das Guten zuviel, zumal wenn man sich gerade in einem Kriminalroman aufhält wo das Gute stets das Schlechte ist, das Elend, die Trogödie, die schiere Depression…

Apropos ausblenden. Würde man all das, was gute deutsche Kriminalromane des Jahres 2013 ausmachte, ganz einfach ignorieren , stünde er tatsächliche da: der Krimi. Ein Mord, ein(e) Ermittler(in), Verdächtige, falsche Alibis, viel Kombination, ein wenig Aktion, Rätsel, Rätsel, Rätsel, … und am Ende alles klar und alles gut. Keine “Literatur”. Keine Abgründe. Keine Wirklichkeit. Keine enttäutschten Erwartungen? Dafür ein paar Stunden harmlosester Unterhaltung? Wiederspruch? Warum denn?? Ordnung! Aber eigentlich…bin ich noch froh, dass ich auch 2013 wieder einmal nicht wissen, was Krimi ist, was nicht, was er darf und was keinesfalls. lol.

Vom Anfang bis zum Ende des Buches dieses Romans stand ich unter Schock. Grausamkeit auf jeder Seite. Oftmals an die Grenzen des Erträglichen konnte ich dennoch das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen. Selten habe ich so viel Mitleid mit einem Angeklagten empfunden. Doch wie lange kann ein Mensch rechtliche Ungerechtigkeit ertragen und das auch noch immer im Namen des Volkes. Ist es nicht vom menschlichen Standpunkt her nachvollziehbar, dass sich Opfer – und als solches muss Collini gesehen werden – irgendwann zum Täter wandeln, wenn ihnen der Justizapparat Gerechtigkeit und Sühne verwehrt?

Erzählweise machen das Buch Der Fall Collini" zu einem des besten Bücher 2013.

Auch das Weiterdenken nach dem Buch ist garantiert und in unserer Gesellschaft durchaus vonnöten." ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
An entertaining lawyer novel about a client with a secret past. I read it in its English translation. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 27, 2016 |
Such a short book to read and yet it holds you good and tight all the way complete with several odd and surprising moments that either are not explained or simply never need to be because the story carries on and on oil the finial word ~ an excellent read. ( )
  nikon | Apr 21, 2016 |
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Fabrizio Collini is recently retired. He's a quiet, unassuming man with no indications that he's capable of hurting anyone. And yet he brutally murders a prominent industrialist in one of Berlin's most exclusive hotels. Collini ends up in the charge of Caspar Leinen. As Leinen searches for clues he discovers a personal connection to the victim and unearths a terrible truth at the heart of Germany's legal system that stretches back to World War II. But how much is he willing to sacrifice to expose the truth?… (more)

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