The might of murderers

Original Title: Verderben

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 320 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-453-19443-4
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Heyne

Date of publication: October 26, 2015
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Josef  Wilfling - Devastation


Crimes are the ruin of whole families

Josef Wilfling was instrumental in catching one of Germany's most dangerous serial murderers and he also solved other spectacular cases. In his latest book, however, the legendary homicide detective shows readers that the influence of criminals goes beyond the deeds themselves. Every murder is followed in its wake by complex issues: the lifelong suffering of the families involved, the stigmatisation of the perpetrator's relatives – and very often the investigators themselves experience at first-hand the consequences of a murder.

Wilfling candidly describes situations in which he was stretched to his limits, such as with the case of a sadistic rapist and murderer – his knowledge that the victim had been completely and utterly at the man's mercy; the anger that gained the upper hand over professional distance, his frustration because court evidence was insufficient.

Unadorned reality – that is precisely what makes Wilflinger's cases so riveting.

•The legendary homicide detective gives shocking glimpses into the chasms of the human soul

•"He has solved brutal murder cases, suffered along with many families and found himself looking into gun muzzles." Süddeutsche Zeitung


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