Here the crime novel becomes the vessel for a more raw, immediate and violent response to the demands of guilt and reparation than The Reader allows... strangely compelling. - SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
crammed full of ideas - TIME OUT
Gerhard Self is a find. He is likeable, eccentric and on the lookout for women... He is tough without any macho attitude and feels guilt when it is appropriate. He also, without any seeming angst, takes the law into his own hands. I look forward to his next appearance. - SPECTATOR - Harriet Waugh
As in The Reader, the Nazi years cast their shadow and Self finds himself forced to decide matters of life and death. But the darkness of the plot is offset by Schlink's entertaining character with an appetite as he hears 70 for women, cocktails and Sweet Afton cigarettes. - DAILY MAIL
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.