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|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 “Fahner,” 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 reprie...|
|A remarkable follow-up to Crime, a new, haunting collection of stories based on real cases, told from a defense lawyer's perspective. In "Funfair," a young defense attorney, still wet behind the ears and breaking in a new suit and attache case, wins his first big case only to lose his innocence in the process. The popular crowd at an all-boys' boarding school wages a vicious attack against an outsider schoolmate, but end up accidentally killing the boy's beloved teacher in "The Illuminati." Attempting to hurdle through a midlife crisis, a housewife staves off depression with the rush she der...|
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