The Judge and His Hangman
Friedrich Durrenmatt, Joel Agee
A genre-bending mystery recalling the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet and anticipating the postmodern fictions of Paul Auster and other contemporary neo-noir novelists.
Inspector Barlach forgoes the arrest of a murderer in order to manipulate him into killing another, more elusive criminal. This is a thriller that brings existential philosophy and the detective genre into dazzling convergence
It's a detective story that gladly upends some of the genre's stereotypes. It is a tribute to Durrenmatt's huge literary talent that this holds true even if looked at from a contemporary perspective Thriller Books Journal Spellbinding Washington Post Seldom have I found anything as hard to put down... a detective thriller stripped down to its essence Ready When You Are Breathtaking What Are You Reading For? I eagerly await the sequel Bookbag
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