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Cracking Crime: The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

Politics and lies abound in this tense courtroom drama.

About the Book

A murder. A murderer. No motive.

For thirty-four years Fabrizio Collini has worked diligently for Mercedes Benz. He is a quiet and respectable person until the day he visits one of Berlin’s most luxurious hotels and kills an innocent man.

Young attorney Caspar Leinen takes the case. Getting Collini a not-guilty verdict would make his name. But too late he discovers that Collini’s victim – an industrialist of some renown – is known to him.

Now Leinen is caught in a professional and personal dilemma. Collini admits the murder but won’t say why he did it, forcing Leinen to defend a man who won’t put up a defence. And worse, a close friend and relation of the victim insists that he give up the case. His reputation, his career and this friendship are all at risk.

Then he makes a discovery that goes way beyond his own petty concerns and exposes a terrible and deadly truth at the heart of German justice…

It’s Dead Good because…

More of a novella than a novel, it’s the perfect mix of crime, tense courtroom drama and history. The book focuses on themes of guilt, revenge and morality with the author – a defence lawyer himself, just like the book’s protagonist – a skilled storyteller, presenting the narrative and explaining the more technical aspects of the case in simple, unbiased language.

It’s easy to guess from the beginning that the story is headed back into Germany’s past but that doesn’t matter as the story is compelling and well-told, leaving you wanting more. Ultimately, the book is a quick, intelligent and enjoyable read to the end!

1 Comment

    Thanks for the great review. I enjoyed the novella, it bowls along – my copy had unusually big script, which made a really nice change. Will be very interested to see if there are any changes in the law in Germany going forward.

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