The Collini Case

The Collini Case

A Novel

Book - 2013
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The internationally bestselling courtroom drama centering on a young German lawyer and a case involving World War II

A bestseller in Germany since its 2011 release--with rights sold in seventeen countries-- The Collini Case combines the classic courtroom procedural with modern European history in a legal thriller worthy of John Grisham and Scott Turow.

Fabrizio Collini is recently retired. He's a quiet, unassuming man with no indications that he's capable of hurting anyone. And yet he brutally murders a prominent industrialist in one of Berlin's most exclusive hotels.

Collini ends up in the charge of Caspar Leinen, a rookie defense lawyer eager to launch his career with a not-guilty verdict. Complications soon arise when Collini admits to the murder but refuses to give his motive, much less speak to anyone. As Leinen searches for clues he discovers a personal connection to the victim and unearths a terrible truth at the heart of Germany's legal system that stretches back to World War II. But how much is he willing to sacrifice to expose the truth?
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670026524
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea


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Mar 18, 2016

A little book. We can only guess about characters traits. The book is about justice. Point: International laws for war crimes sometimes are really surprising, in a negative way. Question – what is a difference between a war crime and follow to the orders of those who are in higher rank? You never can escape of your sins of your past.
There is a remark at the end – That “this novel constituted one of the points of reference” to “appoint a committee to reappraise the mark left on the Ministry of Justice by Nazi past” en German low.
Judging only from books and films about criminal laws in North America, after comparing them with Juridical laws in Germany (how it is described in this book), the atmosphere and the relationships between lawyers in Germany are much more warm, more human, than in North America.

Dec 04, 2015

As William Faulkner wrote, "The past is never dead. It isn't even past."

Oct 20, 2015

Compact style. Gripping story.

Oldprof Jan 22, 2014

This is a concise gripping tale well told. It starts slowly, establishing a sound basis for a climax that makes the book impossible to put down until the end.

Aug 15, 2013

This is a great read and thought provoking. How would America's contractors fare if they were called to account in a fair and impartial court?


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