The Final Authority

Joachim Vernau 3 – Crime novel

Original Title: Die letzte Instanz

Paperback, with flaps, 448 pages, 12.5 x 18.7 cm, 4.9 x 7.4 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-48740-0
€ 10.00 [D] | € 10.30 [A] | CHF 14.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: March 19, 2018
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Elisabeth  Herrmann - The Final Authority


There are wounds that never heal – the most upsetting case lawyer Vernau has ever faced

At the district court in Berlin lawyer Joachim Vernau witnesses a weird scene: pensioner Margarethe Altenburg shoots a man of no fixed abode, collapses and is then arrested. Is she disorientated? Or a cold-blooded murderer? Joachim Vernau takes on the defence. But the seemingly random deed turns out to be the beginning of a baffling series of murders. Vernau travels to Margarethe Altenburg's home town of Görlitz. The assignment initially seems harmless enough, but for him it becomes a disturbing encounter with the old woman's past – and he stumbles across a long forgotten debt now demanding its tribute.


"There no few people who regard Elisabeth Herrmann as the best German crime writer. It is easy to see why." Brigitte


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