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27th April 2023

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399809573

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‘Devastating and fascinating’ New York Times

‘Ice-cool, effortlessly classy prose’ Observer

A group of respectable family men are charged with the brutal murder of a teenager.

A promising student gets caught up in a sadistic schoolboy gang.

A couple are bound together by the events of one bloody night.

Where do you draw the line between good and evil?

In Guilt, people commit violent, extraordinary acts; some are convicted in a court of law, others are not. But our narrator, a nameless lawyer, knows that this is never the whole story.

Drawn from Ferdinand von Schirach’s eminent career as a criminal defence lawyer, the stories in Guilt blur fiction and truth, compelling us to question the difference between guilt and justice, innocence and complicity.


Praise for Ferdinand von Schirach
Ice-cool, effortlessly classy prose
Laura Wilson, Guardian
Tantalising and disturbing in equal measure
New York Times
An exceptional prose stylist
Der Spiegel
A magnificent storyteller
Christian House, Financial Times
Psychologically raw . . . delivered in a crisp translation by Katharina Hall, his unfussy prose is icily effective . . . it suggests that all justice systems are flawed, that they are all just processes. And, with immense empathy, von Schirach's stories show what happens to people when they are processed.
An impressive page-turner with substance and bite
To the Ends of the Word blog
Thrilling and edgy, often carrying a twist in the tale
Declan Hughes, Irish Times
The stories are cool, meticulously crafted, pithy and mordantly amusing . . . this is an unsettling, affecting, extremely powerful book. Highly recommended