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William Gillis Editor. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 23rd by Houghton Mifflin Company first published More Details Original Title. Bern , Switzerland. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Der Richter und sein Henker , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Der Richter und sein Henker.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Der Richter und sein Henker. This is a bit like taking the essence of detective novels and distilling it down to concentrate. Great plot, excellent twists, and great finale. I immediately bought all other detective novels he wrote. Likewise, all Frie "The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.
But I am a big fan of tight, penetrating existential novels such as The Stranger and Nausea , and, let me tell you, The Judge and His Hangman is every bit as tight and as penetrating and as existential as these two French classics. To say anything about plot more than a brief sketch would be to say too much since nearly every page contains subtle turns and developments that will keep a reader mesmerized from beginning to end.
Usually I take my time with a novel but once I read the first page of The Judge and His Hangman I was hooked — I finished its one hundred pages in one evening, in one sitting.
The location is in Switzerland, in and around the capital of Berne. But, above all, there is the philosophic: the battle of good versus evil, nihilism versus any moral sense, and what it means to live an authentic human life. An absolute must read for anyone attracted to either existentialism or detective novels.
View all 20 comments. It was first published in English in , in a translation by Cyrus Brooks and later in a translation by Therese Pol. Unfortunately I guessed the killer very early. View all 4 comments.
Recommended to Robin by: lark benobi. Shelves: literary-fiction , novella , , translation , before-you-die , noir , mystery , switzerland. I think I'm going to make up a new sub-genre. I'm going to call that sub-genre "classy noir". And I'm going to slap that label right on the front cover of this fantastic novella. It's SO classy. No shabby P.
No one gets hit with a "sap" Chandler loves the sap. No one drinks themselves into oblivion alongside their half naked girlfriend like a couple of shameless barflies night after night you know who y I think I'm going to make up a new sub-genre.
No one drinks themselves into oblivion alongside their half naked girlfriend like a couple of shameless barflies night after night you know who you are, Charles Willeford. Don't get me wrong, I love Chandler and his amazing similes. I know what you're thinking - Robin, "classy noir" doesn't sounds like much fun!
Oh, but it is. Striking and original, The Judge and His Hangman laughs in the face of the traditional detective novel.
That Golden-Age fantasy doesn't fit into Barlach's grim life. Refusing to apply science and logic to his investigation, Barlach is inscrutable, tortured, and he never locks his front door. The combination of powerful prose, artful plot, an arch-enemy of Moriarty calibre, and a standoff in a darkened apartment between two armed men, served to keep me completely glued to the page. The currents run deep here.
It's as much about the unpredictability of human nature and the spell and riddle of evil, as it is about whodunnit. But it's also a thrilling mystery, and you'll have to wait until the end to find out who is the judge and who is the executioner. Classic, AND classy. View all 41 comments. This is a perfect novella. Both stories revolve around the theme of two antagonists who are reunited by circumstances that occurred decades apart.
He worked a number of years in Turkey and then in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was forced to leave in after slapping a superior officer who was a Nazi.
His grizzled wisdom is hidden behind a curtain of an unorthodox lifestyle and seemingly lax work habits. His path crosses with a man he met 40 years earlier in Istanbul. One believes in his criminal genius, which is borne out by his political power. The other devotes his life to fighting crime. The Judge and his Executioner seems, for most part, a compact, tense crime-noir novel. Knowing the ending just makes them better. That plus his asides on Swiss culture make it a real treat. And he also likes to jump over the boundaries of the classic detective story: of course suspense is all around and keeps the attention going, but philosophical side-paths are also regularly followed, especially because the main suspect is the personification of the nihilistic evil.
Occasionally the style was a bit too imaginative his description of threatening natural phenomena even reminded me of Dutch author Couperus , and the bet on which the intrigue rests, is perhaps a little far-fetched, but all in all this is a nice story.
Terrifically entertaining. A good first novel for those studying German who are ready to tackle something longer. Chesterton and Graham Greene, which at first seemed strange since these three authors seem very dissimilar to me but on reflection they all employ a subtle, wry humor that makes their sentences and meanings land in unexpected ways.
Many years ago in Istanbul, two men made a wager--one, that criminals always pay; the other, that he could get away with anything. Forty years later, in Switzerland, a young police officer is murdered, and Inspector Berlach finds he has one last chance to catch Gastmann, the one that got away. Many good books are just the right length, but there are some out there that deserve to be longer. This is both.
As a brief, well-plotted mystery novella detailing the end of one man's forty-year pursuit o Many years ago in Istanbul, two men made a wager--one, that criminals always pay; the other, that he could get away with anything. As a brief, well-plotted mystery novella detailing the end of one man's forty-year pursuit of a criminal, The Judge and His Hangman Der Richter und sein Henker in German is pretty damn good--but those like me hoping to read more of that first encounter in Istanbul and the forty years in between may find that this book is too short by several hundred pages, at least.
Too short--or the right length? Both, probably. It's up to you to decide. His story "The Tunnel" sounds rather promising. View all 3 comments. Inspector Barlach is dying. But not fast enough for his arch-enemy When a member of the Bern police force is shot dead on a Swiss country road, the enigmatic Inspector Barlach and his colleague Tschanz are intent on tracking down the killer.
But the ailing Inspector doesn't have time to lose. Soon the pair discover that the victim was murdered on his way to a clandestine party at the home of a wealthy power broker - so why was a local policeman socialising with some of Switzerland's most influential men?
Der Richter und sein Henker
It was first published in English in , in a translation by Cyrus Brooks and later in a translation by Therese Pol. Tschanz had purposefully killed Gastmann so that Gastmann would be forever blamed for Schmied's murder. They had long ago made a personal bet with one another as to whether it was possible to commit the "perfect" crime, such that even an investigator who witnessed it would never be able to prove the perpetrator guilty. The central question of this book is whether or not it is right to frame a person for a crime they didn't commit, if they've committed another crime that was never proven.
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