Category Archives: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

THE PLEDGE (1958) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

This is a police procedural with a real difference. The story of an investigation that goes wrong, it tries to bring the reality of crime investigation (circa 1958) in a face-off with the conventions of the mystery genre. Indeed, it … Continue reading

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The End of the Game (1975)

In 1950 Swiss novelist and playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt published his existential crime classic The Judge and His Hangman, which I previously reviewed here and which I have also listed in my ongoing list of Top 100 Mystery Books. Twenty-five years … Continue reading

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THE JUDGE AND HIS HANGMAN (1950) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Originally published in German in 1950 as ‘Der Richter und sein Henker’ by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, this was the first of two books featuring Kommissar Hans Bärlach of the Berne police (they have since been collected in an omnibus volume as … Continue reading

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