Self's Deception by Bernhard Schlink

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Gerhard Self, the dour private detective, returns in this riveting crime novel about terrorism, governmental cover-up, and the treacherous waters where they mix.

Leo Salger, the daughter of a powerful Bonn bureaucrat, is missing, and Self has been hired to find her. His investigation initially leads him to a psych ward at a local hospital, where he is made to believe that Leo fell from a window and died. Self soon discovers, however, that Leo is alive and well and that she was involved in a terrorist incident the government is feverishly trying to keep under wraps. The result is a wildly entertaining, superbly nuanced thriller that follows one detective’s desire to uncover the truth, wherever it may lead.

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About Bernhard Schlink

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Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Reader, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A chance encounter in 1993 brings aging investigator Gerhard Self (Self’s Deception, 2007, etc.) one last case with enough twists and turns for a whole career.

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The story of her death rings so patently untrue—no relatives have been notified, there’s been no inquiry into the details of the accident, nobody else in the hospital knows that it even happened—that Self keeps digging, and all too soon realizes he’s dug entirely too far.

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I saw a matinee of a movie in which at first she loved him but he didn’t love her, and then he loved her but she didn’t love him, and then nobody loved anybody, until finally, after a chance meeting years later, he loved her and she loved him.” If I dwell on the peripheral pleasures of “Self’s De...

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“The stories life writes demand endings, and as long as a story doesn’t have an ending, it keeps everyone who participates in it in check.

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Postmodern terrorists are money hungry, media conscious, and hard to pin down, as Gerhard Self, an aging private detective, comes to realize in Self’s Deception (Vintage), a darkly intriguing new murder mystery by Bernhard Schlink (The Reader).

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Book Geeks

Self’s Deception, like Self’s Punishment before it and Self’s Murder due in 2009, are translations of pre-The Reader books and their early genesis shows, as neither really fit with the glorious chaos that is modern crime fiction.

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