The second novel in the bestselling Gerhard Self detective series, from the author of The Reader In Self's Deception, private investigator Gerhard Self receives a request to track down the daughter of Herr Salger, the Assistant Secretary of Bonn, who's been absent from her translation classes at the university. Repelled by the pomposity of the government official, he rejects the case. But an insistent letter--and five thousand marks--changes his mind. After discrete interrogations at her school and her former residences, and a quick survey of the local hospitals, it turns out she washed up at a psych ward where he's told she had fallen out a window earlier that week and died. He quickly decides this is a lie, and decides one of the doctors is covering for her. Self quickly discovers that his quarry was involved in a terrorist incident--but a terrorist incident that the government is clearing covering up. Self helps the woman escape, finds out his own client is not Herr Salger at all but another terrorist. Now the mystery becomes what exactly happened at the military arms depot that the government doesn't want made public.
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Ex-Nazi prosecutor Gerhard Self (Self's Punishment, 2005), still working as a private eye in a reunified Germany, gets a case that involves somebody else's political guilt, or lack thereof.Undersecretary Salger's daughter has gone missing from the Heidelberg Institute for Translation and Interpretation, where, like a good European, she'd been studying French and English. Although the minister's manners are brusque to the point of rudeness, Self likes the look of Leonore Salger's photo and the sound of her father's banknotes. So he makes some routine inquiries and discovers from Dr. Rolf Wendt that Leo had been a patient at the State Psychiatric Hospital until she fell out a fourth-story window last week. The story of her death rings so patently untrue - no relatives have been notified, there's been no inquiry into the details of the accident, nobody else in the hospital knows that it even happened - that Self keeps digging, and all too soon realizes he's dug entirely too far. Leo isn't dead but in hiding; she's on the run from state officials who want to interview her about a terrorist attack on an American military installation in the Lampertheim National Forest; the government is less interested in exposing the consequences of the attack than in covering them up; and it looks as if Self's client isn't really Leo's father or an undersecretary of anything.Antic, laconic, melancholy and oddly extroverted - a tonic corrective for two generations of German self-scrutiny. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Bernhard Schlink
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 international bestselling novel and movie The Reader, short story collection Flights of Love and several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Berlin and New York.