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Praise for Friedrich Glauser's other Sergeant Studer novels:
" Thumbprint is a fine example of the craft of detective writing in a period which fans will regard as the golden age of crime fiction."-- The Sunday Telegraph

" In Matto's Realm is both a compelling mystery and an illuminating, finely wrought mainstream novel."-- Publishers Weekly

"A despairing plot about the reality of madness and life, leavened with strong doses of bittersweet irony. The idiosyncratic investigation of In Matto's Realm and its laconic detective have not aged one iota."-- Guardian

"With good reason, the German-language prize for detective fiction is named after Glauser. . . . He has Simenon's ability to turn a stereotype into a person, and the moral complexity to appeal to justice over the head of police procedure."-- The Times Literary Supplement

When two women are "accidentally" killed by gas leaks, Sergeant Studer investigates the thinly disguised double murder in Bern and Basel. The trail leads to a geologist dead from a tropical fever in a Moroccan Foreign Legion post and a murky oil deal involving rapacious politicians and their henchmen. With the help of a hashish-induced dream and the common sense of his stay-at-home wife, Studer solves the multiple riddles on offer. But assigning guilt remains an elusive affair.

The third in the Sergeant Studer series.

Publisher: London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9781904738473
Characteristics: 1 online resource (224 p.)
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Michael 1941-


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Jan 10, 2012

This is book #3 in the 5-book mystery series that the Swiss author wrote in the mid-1930s featuring a Sargeant Struder (the library does not seem to have books 1 or 5); again, this book, like the previous one, has characters that are only thinly developed and the settings are a bit silly; one character lives on a very steep street in the centre of Basel, but that steepness is never commented upon in any way and only someone like me who has actually been on the street would know that its steepness and its special types of shops are far and away the most important things about the street, though maybe only the steepness was there in the 1930s; still and all....

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