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Self's Murder. Bernhard Schlink

(Gerhard Selb #3)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Self's Murder The author of THE READER returns with another thrilling case for sleuth Gerhard Self. Full description
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Phoenix (first published 2001)
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Un po’ tenue e leggero per il mio gusto, più televisivo che cinematografico, gradevole ma a tratti prolisso – come succedeva nella serialità d’antan c’è più cura per l’atmosfera e l’intreccio che per la caratterizzazione dei personaggi, che viene data per acquisita, almeno per quelli fissi.
Il finale è un punto a favore, non c’è il solito bisogno di concludere con 2+2=4.
Il passato nazista non è completamente sepolto – la Germania Est e la sua gente dopo 28 anni di muro e 44 di
Michael Bohli
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Selb zum Dritten - und glücklicherweise auch Letzten. Denn wie schon bei den vorangegangenen Romanen, konnte ich auch "Selbs Mord" nicht wirklich viel abgewinnen. Bernhard Schlink schreibt in gutem und ansprechendem Deutsch und macht es auch unterhaltsam, dieses Buch ohne grosse Anstrengungen zu lesen. Allerdings wirkt dadurch vieles etwas seicht und die Geschichte um dunkle Machenschaften in einer Bank nimmt sich oft selber etwas die Spannung.

Auch die Eigenheiten des Privatdetektivs Selbs selbe
Craig Sisterson
Bernhard Schlink is the author of a series of award-winning crime novels starring Gerhard Self, a senior citizen private detective with a fondness for sweet cigarettes and liqueurs.

In this latest adventure, Self is lured out of retirement by Welker, the mysterious head of a longstanding private bank, who has a seemingly simple request for the aging investigator: find out the identity of a former secret partner in the family business. But as Self investigates, and comes face to face with his own
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-germany
Much like in Self's Punishment Self is again hired by someone with either a secret or an ulterior motive. This time instead of an acquaintance hiring him it's a serendipitous meeting in the snow which leads to an archival job that masks another dicovery into the former Communist East Germany and ultimately leads back to the Nazi past. Schlink does a superb job of capturing a man pondering his life, wondering if he has made a difference, done anything, knowing which battles to fight, and trying t ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Üçlemenin son cildinde, ihtiyar dostumuz Gerhard Selb, eski Almanya ve aslında kendisiyle günah çıkarmaya devam ederken, bize veda ediyor. Klasik polisiyelere göre daha durağan olsa da seriyi sevenler için güzel bir son parça, aynı zamanda üzücü bir veda.
Tony Rampling
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super writer with a sweet hero!!
Johann Guenther
SCHLINK, Bernhard: „Selbs Mord“, Zürich 2003
Der dritte Teil einer Trilogie mit Selb dem Privatdetektiven. Diesmal arbeitet er für einen Privatbanker, der von einem Ziehbruder erpresst wurde. Dieser Sohn einer russischen Mutter machte Geldwäscherei mit der Bank und erpresste den Besitzer. Durch einen Zufall kam der Privatdetektiv Selb in diesen Fall, indem er mit einer Nebensache beauftragt wurde, um dann in den wahren Fall einzusteigen. Seine Freunde – ein pensionierter Polizist und ein Spitalsa
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Die Beschreibung auf dem Cover ließ mich auf einen Krimi hoffen. Leider hat sich der Autor nicht entscheiden können, was er nun schreibt. Jedes Mal, wenn sich ein Handlungsfaden entwickelt hat, wurde der brutal durch ein neue Kapitel abgewürgt. Also wechselte die Kriminalgeschichte mit Rückblicken auf eigene Versäumnisse und das Leben überhaupt.
Das Gegreine über das Alter hat mich auch nur genervt. Ich war versucht dem Auto oder seiner Figur zu sagen, daß er die Chance verpaßt hat, jung zu sterb
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Guillermo Jiménez
Este es mi primer libro sobre el ex-fiscal y ahora detective Selb, así como también de este notable autor alemán, que se granjeó buena crítica con 'El lector'.

Se suele colocar a Schlink entre los autores del resurgimiento de la literatura de detectives, de lo neo-policiaco y es más que merecida esta etiqueta al lado de autores como Tim Krabbe o Giorgio Todde.
Morana Blue
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
"It's a shame one can't chose one's last case. A high point, a finale, one that rounds off with a flourish everything one has achieved. Instead, the last case is as accidental as all the others. That's how it goes: you do this, you do that, and before you know it, that was your life."
I did not really enjoy this and probably will not get any more books by this author from the library. It was well-written and Gerhard was a believable character but the ending was more ambiguous than I liked.
Johara Almogbel
I liked it more towards the end than in the beginning. I might check out the earlier installations for the same character, they might be better. (or it might be more... flowing in german, which I think is the original language.)
Simge Perçin
Almanya'nın ve Selbs'in geçmişine yapılan göndermeler kitabın en güzel yanı. Yani flashbacklerine hayran kaldım ama "şimdiki zaman" entrikaları zayıf ve ilginçlikten uzak.
Found this quite hard going for the first half, but enjoyed the main character.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-deutsch
Eines der Besten.
... that i actually CAN like criminal novels and that lawyers can be exeptional good authors (when it comes to fiction)!!!
Clare Havens
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Haven't read any German (in translation!) fiction before but I picked this up at the library and am getting intrigued! 70 year old PI investigating in Germany ...
Feb 23, 2014 marked it as to-read
English edition
Guy Salvidge
The Self trilogy ends, sadly, with a bit of a whimper.
Aug 30, 2016 marked it as book-collection  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z36, in-german
German edition
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erst zum Ende des Buches findet Schlink wieder zur Form des ersten Buches zurück. Davor zieht es sich etwas und ist im Vergleich zu Selbs Justiz humorlos.
Dysmonia Kuiper
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-352
Apparently part of a series, another volume of which I previously read. Totally jumped the shark with this one.
Feb 23, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
German edition
Laurent Szklarz
nice enough read but the author's detective novels are incomparable in quality with his other work
Sally D
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Schlink is the author of "THe Reader". This mystery is not nearly as compelling. The translation from German is awkward. The punctuation freaks me out.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always ejoyable
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Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.

His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb--a play on the German word for "sel

Other books in the series

Gerhard Selb (3 books)
  • Self's Punishment (Gerhard Self #1)
  • Self's Deception (Gerhard Self #2)