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Crime and Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach
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Crime and Guilt

by Ferdinand von Schirach

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This book fed my hunger for crime efficiently and fully.
Collection of 26 short stories presents crimes of various kind and gravity, sometimes fully executed, sometimes barely intended. They present the act itself, people who committed it and those who suffered from it, what caused it and where did it lead. The motives of perpetrators, the doubts of judges and defenders, the guilt.
It offers no judgement, just facts, all presented as a look back in time by the same narrator, the same link between all the cases, a defending attorney, the author.
I really enjoyed the precise language, the concise style, the short form which eliminated the superfluous plot and volume of most crime stories. Sometimes I don't enjoy reading about all the coffees the police drank solving the case, all the late nights the detective spent drowning his troubles in alcohol, all the interrogations, car races and last minute turns. What I enjoy most is the very core, the story behind the crime, the details and the criminal in person.
And that's exactly what I got in Crime and Guilt. ( )
1 vote Anitaanna | Sep 13, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307740935, Paperback)

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.

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A nameless lawyer invites us to read an extraordinary dossier of violent and unspeakable acts by underworld criminals and respectable businessmen alike. All the crimes have one thing in common: the guilty are never convicted in a court of law.

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