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The author of THE READER returns with another thrilling case for sleuth Gerhard Self.
PI Gerhard Self is lured out of retirement by a seemingly straightforward assignment: to find the former sleeping partner at Welker and Welker, a prestigious private bank. But the case soon throws up many more questions than answers, and Self finds himself embroiled in a shady world of money-laundering, mafia and murder...
What secrets is the bank's history hiding? Why are the institution's enigmatic masters - Herr Welker and his steely Russian foster brother - trying to ensnare Self in their dangerous game and just who is the stranger claiming to be Self's long-lost son?
entertaining... Schlink is also a judge, so his knowledge of the criminal milieu adds grit to his undoubted literary gifts. - WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY - September 09
belongs to the series of amiable, ruminative private-eye mysteries in which the author of The Reader puts his back ground as judge and law professor to gently satisfying use.... Schlink delivers a wry, sympathetic portrait of old codgers West and East blown off balance by the winds of change. - THE INDEPENDENT 13.11.09 - Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor
a journey of self-enlightenment - WALES ON SUNDAY - 18.10.09
Like Graham Greene, Bernhard Schlink divides his writing into literary works and entertainments... What really interests Schlink - and us - is the character of Gerhard Self himself, and his small-town Germany.... the horrors and tragedies of the European past are never far from the investigator Self's mind - or the author Schlink's. - THE HERALD 24.10.09
A crime story with an edge, Schlink's quietly reflective, good-humoured and compelling novel delves deep - THE SCOTSMAN - 17.08.09
Given German writer Schlink's similarly-veined undertaking in The Reader, the character of Self - a post-war public prosecutor turned investigator - again presents a society struggling to look back at its past and deal with the unsettling issue of responsibility. - EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS - 17.10.09 9/10
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany is 1944. A professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the major internationally bestselling novel The Reader, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, the short story collections Flights of Love and Summer Lies, and several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Berlin and New York.