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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    The Collini Case by Ferdinand Von Schirach is a well written boo

    The Collini Case by Ferdinand Von Schirach is a well written book about the first defense case for young

    Caspar Leinen representing the 67 year old Italian, Collini who admits to the murder of 85 year old Hans Meyer but refuses to give a motive. Through his investigation and trial preparation, readers learn of the history of Caspar, Collini, and Meyer. This was an interesting glimpse of the legal system in Germany, a partial evolution of its Criminal Code, and how the law was interpreted while prosecuting Nazis. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading courtroom procedural dramas or WW II historical fiction. I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Firstreads

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Another Triumph from Von Schirach

    I have read both of Von Schirach's previous books that have appeared in English, and I was not disappointed in this one. Yes, the murderer's motivation was predictable, but the legal twist was sad and not a little horrifying. I can see why the German audience made this a best seller. I also love Von Schirach's simple, elegant prose style and his lifelike yet existential characters. But don't think this book is "literary" but rather an interesting story well-told. I look forward to Von Schirach's next book!

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