Sat 5 March 2011, The Times

Crime by Ferdinand von Schirach

By Marcel Berlins
Crime is a curiously beguiling collection of quiet short stories vaguely linked by the theme of guilt. Its author, Ferdinand von Schirach, is a well-known German defence attorney and the tales, though fictional, raise real philosophical and moral issues common to most criminal justice systems. When does a crime deserve punishment? In what circumstances can moral justification negate legal guilt? When does responsibility for crime begin and end? The stories — presumably inspired by the author’s own experiences — are subtle, gently written and thought provoking. They deal not with grand crimes that make the headlines, but with those commited by ordinary people who find themselves reacting to extraordinary events or impulses. Von Schirach doesn’t force his answers on the reader. He kindly asks that we think about the dilemmas he has posed.
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