Books: Book Review: Ferdinand von Schirach: Crime: Stories

Compulsively readable, though sleazy, Ferdinand von Schirach’s terse debut—11 short stories about crime and the law—arrives in English translation after spending 45 weeks on Germany’s bestseller charts. Von Schirach specializes in high-profile defenses of controversial figures: His clients included Günter Schabowski, the former East German politician accused of murdering refugees. It’s no surprise that as a controversial defense attorney, von Schirach presents 11 sympathetic accounts of criminals more to be pitied than censured. While his arguments often ring of self-justification and his narratives hew toward the tawdry, he also presents a compelling portrait of ...
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