La fin de Selb Bernhard Schlink

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La fin de Selb  by  Bernhard Schlink

La fin de Selb by Bernhard Schlink
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Gerhard Self, the Sweet-Afton smoking, sambuca-swilling, most unlikely of PIs is back in a new tale of deception and intrigue, set against the backdrop of post-reunification Germany. After a chance encounter with the owner of a prestigious privateMoreGerhard Self, the Sweet-Afton smoking, sambuca-swilling, most unlikely of PIs is back in a new tale of deception and intrigue, set against the backdrop of post-reunification Germany. After a chance encounter with the owner of a prestigious private bank, the now septuagenarian detective is enlisted to delve into the institutions history, apparently in the name of a book to commemorate the banks foundation.

But his seemingly anodyne brief - to discover the identity of a sleeping partner from several decades before - throws up far more questions than it answers. As it becomes clear that the sleeping partner is in no way the most mysterious aspect of the banks history, Self begins to suspect his mission may have been but a ruse to lure him into the shady world of the banks enigmatic masters - a certain Herr Welker and his steely Russian foster brother Samarin. Trying in vain to extricate himself and his increasingly shaky heart from the web of deceit - and to work out who really is the baddie of the piece - Self is thrown headlong into a tale of money-laundering, murder and mafiosi.

But who is blackmailing whom? Did Welkers wife really die in a tragic accident? And why is a washed-up old Stasi man pretending to be Selfs long-lost son? Join Gerhard, the irascible armchair philosopher, on his most danegrous and far-reaching mission to date.



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