A man found dead in his car is discovered to be a policman, and the small town policeman who finds him is ill-equipped to investigate the murder. The case is given to the dead man's superior, a man named Barlach. Barlach's boss, Lutz, loves the new crime-solving technology that he saw while in Chicago, but Barlach wants nothing to do with such things. He tells his boss, right from the start, that he has a suspect in mind, but won't say who that suspect is to anyone, not even Tschanz, the young officer who has been assigned to help him. Politics gets involved in the case, as Barlach and Tschanz discover that their investigation is hindered by the fact that the politically conscious Lutz is tying their hands. There's more going on in this book than there first appears to be, and Barlach is sharper than he seems. This case ties in with a murderer from Barlach's past that he was never able to bring to justice. This book was originally written in German, but English translations aren't hard to find.
This report prepared by Melissa Cookson
THE JUDGE AND HIS EXECUTIONER (Der Richter und sein Henker) is a novel published in 1952.
Police Detective Baerlach, suffering from a terminal disease, ends his professional career in the police department of the city of Bern, Switzerland. When one of his colleagues is found dead in his car in the mountains nearby, Baerlach decides to take charge of the case because he feels that his long-term personal enemy of 40 years may be involved in this case. In the company of inspector Tschanz, he will discover that the murdered policeman was spying, under a false name, the hosts, industrials and politicians, who were regularly gathering at Dr Gastmann's mansion.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler