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"It's a fine example of the craft of detective writing in a period which some regard as the golden age of crime fiction."--The Sunday Telegraph

The death of a traveling salesman appears to be an open and shut case. Studer is confronted with an obvious suspect and a confession to the murder. But nothing is what it seems. Envy, hatred, and the corrosive power of money lie just beneath the surface. Studer's investigation soon splinters the glassy facade of Switzerland's tidy villages and manicured forests.

Diagnosed a schizophrenic, addicted to morphine and opium, Friedrich Glauser spent the greater part of his life in psychiatric wards, insane asylums and prison. His acute observations conjure up a world of those at the margins of society.

About the Author


Mike Mitchell is a well-known translator of German works and the winner of a number of literary prizes. He has translated the other Studer novels as well. Mike Mitchell has translated some thirty books and won the Schlegel-Tieck German translation prize.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781904738008
ISBN-10: 1904738001
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2004
Pages: 199
Language: English
Series: Sergeant Studer Mystery