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Praise for Friedrich Glauser’s other Sergeant Studer novels:
“Thumbprint is a fine example of the craft of detective writing in a period which fans will regard as the golden age of crime fiction.”—The Sunday Telegraph


“In Matto’s Realm is both a compelling mystery and an illuminating, finely wrought mainstream novel.”—Publishers Weekly


“A despairing plot about the reality of madness and life, leavened with ...

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Overview

Praise for Friedrich Glauser’s other Sergeant Studer novels:
“Thumbprint is a fine example of the craft of detective writing in a period which fans will regard as the golden age of crime fiction.”—The Sunday Telegraph


“In Matto’s Realm is both a compelling mystery and an illuminating, finely wrought mainstream novel.”—Publishers Weekly


“A despairing plot about the reality of madness and life, leavened with strong doses of bittersweet irony. The idiosyncratic investigation of In Matto’s Realm and its laconic detective have not aged one iota.”—Guardian


“With good reason, the German-language prize for detective fiction is named after Glauser. . . . He has Simenon’s ability to turn a stereotype into a person, and the moral complexity to appeal to justice over the head of police procedure.”—The Times Literary Supplement


When two women are “accidentally” killed by gas leaks, Sergeant Studer investigates the thinly disguised double murder in Bern and Basel. The trail leads to a geologist dead from a tropical fever in a Moroccan Foreign Legion post and a murky oil deal involving rapacious politicians and their henchmen. With the help of a hashish-induced dream and the common sense of his stay-at-home wife, Studer solves the multiple riddles on offer. But assigning guilt remains an elusive affair.


The third in the Sergeant Studer series.

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Publishers Weekly
In the first English translation of a European cult classic originally published in Germany in 1936, the third in Glauser's absurdist Studer mystery series (after In Matto's Realm), Swiss police Sgt. Jacob Studer investigates two questionable deaths in Bern and Basel both by gas leaks, both victims elderly women once married to the same man. Clues vanish while suspects disappear and acquire different identities. Studer chases a priest, Father Matthias, brother of the dead women's late husband, who may or may not have been an oil company geologist. Lovely Marie may be niece, daughter, secretary or lover to Matthias or the geologist. At a French Foreign Legion post in Morocco, Studer eventually finds the answers, which seem so simple (or are they?), to this hallucinatory, morally ambiguous case. Glauser, the namesake for the German equivalent of our Edgar Award, was a schizophrenic and drug addict who spent much of his life in mental institutions and prisons. His books, although written in a straightforward style, reveal the fine line between sanity and madness. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Seventy years after its original publication, the third of Glauser's six classic Sergeant Studer crime novels (after In Matto's Realm) is available in English for the first time. The multilingual Jacob Studer of the Bern cantonal police thinks of himself as having "the odd screw loose" and is attracted to unusual cases. So when a priest tells him about a clairvoyant accurately foreseeing the deaths of two old women, Studer's interest is piqued. The case-in which men disappear, reappear, and switch identities-ultimately revolves around oil-rich land in Morocco, and its resolution includes surprises even for Studer, as it solves both recent and decades-old murders. Glauser (1896-1938), afflicted with drug addiction and depression, was institutionalized for much of his life. Yet his Studer novels live on; strong character development and concise prose keep this work from feeling dated and illustrate why Germany's most prestigious crime fiction award is named for Glauser. For larger crime fiction collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Obsessive Police Sergeant Studer investigates a pair of strange murders in a strange land. A pleasant meal at a Parisian bistro turns positively giddy for the imposing Studer, a German-born former Detective Inspector working his way back up the ranks since being busted after a scandal (In Matto's Realm, Jan. 2006, etc.). The liberal drinking is interrupted by an exciting telegram telling him that he's become a grandfather for the first time. When his host, Commissaire Madelin, asks Studer to accompany him to Basel on minor police business, the incurably curious Studer accepts. They're joined by Father Matthias, a silky-voiced cleric who weaves a baroque tale of a clairvoyant colonel and a pair of women Matthias thinks are in danger. Indeed, two elderly women are found dead in their flats, both gassed, one in Bern and one in Basel. Local police are inclined to rule both deaths accidental, but not Studer, whose iconoclastic and sometimes paranoid probe spans the nation and stretches back a generation. The ensuing plot, like Studer's life, favors the scenic route over tight logic and methodical analysis. Quirky characters abound. Studer dabbles in early fingerprint and fiber analysis, trades crime theories with his equally eccentric wife and nearly dies after being arrested in a massive misunderstanding. First published in 1936, Glauser's offbeat tale, alternately chilling and droll, offers welcome insight into early European crime fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904738473
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Series: A Sergeant Studer Mystery
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 881,554
  • File size: 295 KB

Meet the Author

Diagnosed a schizophrenic, addicted to morphine and opium, Glauser spent the greater part of his life in psychiatric wards, insane asylums and prison. His Sergeant Studer novels have ensured his place as a cult figure in Europe. Mike Mitchell is a well-known translator of German works and the winner of a number of literary prizes. He has translated the other Studer novels as well.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An interesting different type of mystery

    Euphoric to learn he is a grandfather, Police Sergeant Jacob Studer knows anyone can see the obvious connection between the deaths of the two elderly women in different Swiss cities though the local cops assume it is an accident anyway. Both died from gas leaks in their respective homes in Bern and Basel, but the prime link is each of them had been married to the same man.---------------- Though only a visitor, Studer accompanies his friend Police Commissaire Madelin to Basel where he helps in the investigation in which clues and suspects vanish rather easily as if someone with power is manipulating the inquiry. Studer focuses on Father Matthias, brother of the victims¿ late husband, as his prime suspect, but also does not rule out other family members whose motive might be some passion filled vengeance, but who remains just out of reach.------------------ This is an English translation of a classic 1936 police procedural first printed in Germany. The cast makes the tale as they are eccentric in many ways driving the free drinking some might say alcoholic Studer to distraction. However, unable to let go, the obsessed cop follows clues that seem to vanish in a nano second to wherever it takes him including North Africa. Readers of off beat convoluted illogical whodunits will want to read the fascinating Studer cases (see IN MATTO'S REALM) in which the protagonist makes for an interesting different type of mystery.--------- Harriet Klausner

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