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A bestseller in Germany since its 2011 release?with rights sold in seventeen countries?The Collini Case combines the classic courtroom procedural with modern European history in a legal thriller worthy of John Grisham and Scott Turow.
Fabrizio Collini is recently retired. He?s a quiet, unassuming man with no indications that ...
A bestseller in Germany since its 2011 release—with rights sold in seventeen countries—The Collini Case combines the classic courtroom procedural with modern European history in a legal thriller worthy of John Grisham and Scott Turow.
Fabrizio Collini is recently retired. He’s a quiet, unassuming man with no indications that he’s capable of hurting anyone. And yet he brutally murders a prominent industrialist in one of Berlin’s most exclusive hotels.
Collini ends up in the charge of Caspar Leinen, a rookie defense lawyer eager to launch his career with a not-guilty verdict. Complications soon arise when Collini admits to the murder but refuses to give his motive, much less speak to anyone. As Leinen searches for clues he discovers a personal connection to the victim and unearths a terrible truth at the heart of Germany’s legal system that stretches back to World War II. But how much is he willing to sacrifice to expose the truth?
Posted October 8, 2013
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
Posted August 30, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.