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The Chinaman by Friedrich Glauser

The Chinaman (1938)

by Friedrich Glauser

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    The Pledge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Another Swiss crime novel, written a bit later than Glauser's, by a renowned playwright. The Pledge is less the standard detective story and more atmospheric than The Chinaman (and if you like The Pledge, look into the Picador edition containing all Duerrenmatt's crime novels).… (more)

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fourth of Swiss writer Glauser's five "Sergeant Studer" novels to appear in English (following Thumbprint, Fever, and In Matto's Realm and preceding The Spoke), some seventy or so years after their initial publication. This one struck me as a little old-fashioned, somewhat confusing, and a bit too deliberate. Set in the countryside outside Bern, the story is set in motion when Studer stops in a country inn to fill up his motorcycle. Formerly a detective in the Geneva police, he was apparently drummed out due to his inability to turn a blind eye, and is now a lowly Sergeant in the canton police.
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