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Critique of Criminal Reason: A Mystery (Hanno Stiffeniis #1)

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Most honourable Procurator Stiffeniis,
You talents have been brought to Our attention by a gentleman of eminence, who believes that you alone are capable of resolving a situation which holds Our beloved Königsberg in a grip of terror. All Our faith and consideration are due to the notable personage who suggested your name, and that same faith and consideration now resides
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Published March 18th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sarah
Aug 31, 2008 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very few people
Recommended to Sarah by: saw it at Borders
Lot's of silly suspense, fake drama and a trite main character. When I bought this book, I thought Immanuel Kant would play a more active role as in those mystery novels built ariund Jane Austen and other historical characters. Instead, Kant is a pathetic old man with no real exploration of him. The protagonist is a young magistrate who would like to be an intellectual but isn't. He is too sentimental and inconsiderate and goes off in all kinds of directions becuase he doesn't really know where ...more
Scot
Aug 28, 2009 Scot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book had a great premise: put the character of Immanuel Kant into a murder mystery involving a grisly serial killer. I am a fan of well researched historical fiction, and the setting, East Prussia in the Napoleonic era, is not one I have thought or studied much about, so I went into this book expecting some marvelous philosophical ruminations about using Reason to outsmart a serial killer and some memorable descriptions of social behaviors and life in a city on the Baltic Sea at the b ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
Oh my god, why? Why was this written? What possibly could the author have desired to construct this biased borefest? Clearly the author has issues with Kantian philosophy, but (view spoiler). I earnestly hoped something would happen in this book, I really did. I like things to happen in books; it makes me feel like I didn't waste my time, seeing as I found enjoyment. Such is not to be had her ...more
Spellbound
Nov 25, 2010 Spellbound rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sarebbe stato meglio lasciare Kant alla filosofia. Scomodare nomi altisonanti per un giallo mediocre non è cortese.
Franzeska
Dec 10, 2009 Franzeska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of the other reviewers, I found that the book dragged a bit. However, overall, I found the atmosphere wonderful--the lustful albino abortionist, the fur-clad cannibal, the psychotically paranoid general seeing French spies everywhere. You do guess the ending. I think I guessed it maybe a third of the way through. But that's not necessarily a big problem if you're open to less traditional mystery novels.

Also like many of the reviewers here, I was initially annoyed by the hero, but by th
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Kai
Jan 14, 2011 Kai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Gregorio, autore del thriller a sfondo storico “Critica della ragion criminale” (Einaudi) è un nom de plume dietro il quale si celano Daniela De Gregorio e Michael Jacob. Lei, figlia di un esponente della corrente pittorica dell’informale, insegna filosofia in un liceo; lui di Liverpool, dove è stato insegnante di letteratura, è direttore di una scuola di inglese di Spoleto, cittadina in cui, dopo essersi sposati, vivono da anni. Il loro libro è stato venduto da un’agenzia letteraria di ...more
vania
Nov 15, 2010 vania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
sive Della cacca di Kant


"La porta dello studio si aprì con un cigolio e il professor Kant uscì nel corridoio. - La più riuscita delle evacuazioni, Stiffeniis! - esclamò con un sorriso radioso. - Uno stronzo di forma perfetta, compatto e denso nella sua composizione fecale e con un contenuto liquido minimo. Spero che anche voi siate riuscito a produrre qualcosa di analogo questa mattina. (p. 268)"

Concordo pienamente con Kant: come evacuazione è riuscitissima; forma, composizione e contenuto sono
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Judie
Nov 10, 2012 Judie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hanno Stiffeniis, a man in his early thirties, was serving as a magistrate in a small town in Prussia in 1804 when he receives a summons from King Frederick Wilhelm III ordering him to leave for Konigsberg. There have been a few unsolved murders and the circumstances of the murders have panicked the townspeople.
He hadn’t been in Konigsberg for seven years and had been told to never return there because of an incident between himself and Immanuel Kant, the philosopher and teacher but believes
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Dawn
The setting for this book is what made me check it out of the library. I had never seen a historical fiction set in Prussia and while I’ve never really looked for one, it seemed like such a good location for a mystery that I decided to give it a try.

The year is 1804 and Hanno Stiffeniis, a young magistrate, is summoned to Königsberg to take over the investigation of a series of murders that is paralyzing the city. With the help of his mentor, Immanuel Kant and his new scientific process of solvi
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Cristina
Aug 09, 2013 Cristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Maude
This was a very interesting read for me. I had never heard of Kaliningrad, Russia before this mystery novel. The protagonist of this story is Detective Hanno Stiffenis who has been called to the city to find the serial killer. He is assisted by his mentor, Emmanuel Kant.

Although this was a long book, I was immersed in the story, partly because of not knowing anything about Konisberg (in Kaliningrad) and partly beccause of how Detective Stiffenis went about his work at a time whne there was littl
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Rodrigo Ferrao
Hanno Stiffeniis. Decorem este nome. Neste policial, passado na Prússia, Stiffeniis é um mero desconhecido e jovem magistrado. Um dia recebe uma carta (que julga ser assinada pelo Rei) com uma importante missiva: investigar uma série de mortes misteriosas ocorridas em Königsberg.
O espanto é enorme, até porque o magistrado da outra cidade é admirado e conhecido pelos seus métodos eficazes. Além disso, ele é de uma comarca pequena, pouco habituada ao grande crime. O que passaria na cabeça das auto
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Sundarraj Kaushik
Apr 08, 2015 Sundarraj Kaushik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hanno Stefaniis has moved to Lotingen to stay away from the tumultuous life he has had in Konisberg. He is living a peaceful life with his wife and children. A call or rather a command from the King to go to Konisberg disturbs this idyllic life of Hanno. He is rushed to Konisberg and has been asked to investigate a series of murders. This in the background that Napolean is contemplating to attack Prussia.

Hanno is put up in an inn by the person who summoned him, whom he realizes may not be the Ki
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aoi aka
Feb 06, 2014 aoi aka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed








I found this by searching for Prussia at my local public library. I wasn't expecting to find novels taking place in Prussia. I was insanely pleased to find this author.

It is author, but in reality Michael Gregorio is two authors in one. The book doesn't read like that at all.

So this takes place around the time Napoleon was wreaking havoc in Europe and his march east into foreign lands was a given thing that everybody dreaded. In this particular story Napoleon is a distant threat.

Konigsberg, the
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Sara
Sep 01, 2010 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
O título, por si só, pode servir de repelente para quem tenha estudado Kant e filosofia não tenha sido a disciplina de eleição... No entanto, enganam-se se pensam que este livro trata o método filosófico kantiano de forma enfadonha; pelo contrário, é um thriller misterioso em que a investigação se contrapõe entre a razão e a superstição.
"Um thriller que incorpora ideias de Immanuel Kant numa trama inacreditável."
É, sem dúvida, a melhor descrição deste livro!
Snijeg
Jul 29, 2014 Snijeg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Počeci forenzike, eksplicitno jezive scene (barem meni), suradnja s Immanuelom Kantom... Više sam se ježila, nego uživala.
Nikki
I started reading this book and found it draggy and heavy-handed. I put it aside. My husband picked it up and read it on vacation for lack of anything else to read. He said it was a pass. It meandered, dragged and the ending as telegraphed about 1/2 way through the book.

I usually finish everything I start reading. Based upon his recommendation, I am not going back.
Ram Kaushik
Mar 26, 2012 Ram Kaushik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Merely mentioning Immanuel Kant's name a few hundred times in a book does not qualify as a coherent plot. Artificial suspense gets trite after about 40 pages and I kept waiting for respite. Really wanted to like this book but can't really recommend it..
Sam
This book was suspenseful, and drew me into the plot from the 3rd page. The author moves into the plot fast, but is not good at writing believably in-depth characters.
He uses a lot of similes, which got old quickly. Some of them are silly, like when the snow outside was compared to 'the whiteness of the lace on a lady's fan' but they all still lend to the atmosphere, which is created beautifully and made believable. I know nearly nothing about philosophy so I will not comment about that, except
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Ann
Apr 19, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in Konigsberg, Prussia in 1804. A serial killer is on the loose and the city is in a state of panic. A young magistrate, Hanno Stiffeniis, is summoned by Kaiser Frederick Wilhelm from his small town to assist in the investigation. Konigsberg's most famous citizen, the philosopher Immanuel Kant, is behind Hanno's appointment. He arrives to find that there have been a total of four murders to date and that number climbs fast. Hanno is unsure how to go about his investigation but s ...more
Nancy
Mar 11, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery takes place in the early 1800s in Prussia. Hanno Stiffeniis is a small-town adjudicator who receives a summons from the king to investigate a series of murders in Konigsburg. In spite of his misgivings about why he was chosen, he responds to the order and finds himself involved in a ghastly series of events. He is assisted in his efforts by his former professor, Immanuel Kant. In the background of the story are references to family conflict regarding Hanno's role in the death of his ...more
Ekigou
Aug 03, 2011 Ekigou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fighting crime with Immanuel Kant. It was as hilariously bad as it sounds. And boring too.
Bonnie
Feb 14, 2013 Bonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I felt like I needed to keep reading this book when I'd pretty much decided I didn't like it. When it finally ended I wasn't even 100% sure that the mystery was solved! But the plot wasn't really the problem that I had with it. I was a bit worried about the serial killer aspect of the book since I don't care for books about serial killers. In spite of that I decided to try it as it seemed like it might be somewhat like Matthew Pearl's books that use important literary figures.

A
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Moloch
ATTENZIONE: LA RECENSIONE CONTIENE ANCHE QUALCHE "BLANDA" ANTICIPAZIONE...

Francamente deludente. Il protagonista è piuttosto lento di comprendonio e il "mistero" sul suo passato, sebbene continuamente ricordato nel corso del libro, lascia indifferenti (fino alla rivelazione finale, che è intuibilissima e non un granché...): il personaggio non è né "simpatico" né "antipatico", è totalmente incolore. La caratterizzazione di Kant non mi è piaciuta per nulla. Anche i meccanismi del giallo sembrano u
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Elaine
May 30, 2009 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy historical mysteries and was drawn to this book for its setting - Konigsberg - and time period - Napoleanic. I have also read other several books where fictionalized versions of real people are included in the story. In this case, Immanuel Kant was a key figure. The inclusion of a real person can work - The Pale Blue Eye's Poe was pretty good - or not - Charlotte Bronte as a detective? - and it's always interesting to see how an author handles the character he's created.

The setting and
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J
Jan 09, 2011 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Gregorio, autore del thriller a sfondo storico “Critica della ragion criminale” (Einaudi) è un nom de plume dietro il quale si celano Daniela De Gregorio e Michael Jacob. Lei, figlia di un esponente della corrente pittorica dell’informale, insegna filosofia in un liceo; lui di Liverpool, dove è stato insegnante di letteratura, è direttore di una scuola di inglese di Spoleto, cittadina in cui, dopo essersi sposati, vivono da anni. Il loro libro è stato venduto da un’agenzia letteraria di ...more
Randal
Jun 19, 2013 Randal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I don't like
Shelves: crime
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Yuki
Feb 07, 2014 Yuki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I think I am ready to write a review.
Critique of Criminal Reason is titled after Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (Kritik der reinen Vernunft); however, the book itself has nothing to do with philosophy. This is purely a detective story (serial murders, woohoo!) which takes place in the 1800s Konigsberg.
Now, if you are a huge fan of Immanuel Kant, please don't read this, as you probably will feel uncomfortable how he is portrayed in the book. If not, have a go! I (adequately) enjoyed it beca
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SarahElektra Holland
This was a curious amalgam of historical fiction and murder mystery, with a dash of philosophical narrative in the form of Immanuel Kant as a primary character. While I enjoyed it overall, I found the formal writing style a bit incompatible with late night reading as the story moves slowly through the investigations of the protagonist. Without adding spoilers to the review, a few of the plot twists or side stories didn't seem to really impact or contribute to the overall story arc. It is the fir ...more
Deedee
From wikipedia (not my review):

Critique of Criminal Reason is an English language crime novel written by Michael Gregorio, the pseudonym of Michael G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio, two scholars teaching in Spoleto, central Italy. It is set in Königsberg, during the height of Napoleonic wars, in 1804.

It details the attempts of a young Prussian magistrate, named Hanno Stiffeniis, to catch a murderer who has committed a series of grotesque and unsettling murders in the city. He is aided in the tas
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