It s a fine example of the craft of detective writing in a period which some regard as the golden age of crime fiction.
The Sunday TelegraphThe death of a traveling salesman appears to be an open and shut case.
Studer is confronted with an obvious suspect and a confession to the murder.
But nothing is what it seems. Envy, hatred, and the corrosive power of money lie just beneath the surface.
Studer s investigation soon splinters the glassy facade of Switzerland s tidy villages and manicured forests.Diagnosed a schizophrenic, addicted to morphine and opium, Friedrich Glauser spent the greater part of his life in psychiatric wards, insane asylums and prison.
His acute observations conjure up a world of those at the margins of society."
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 197 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
- Publication Date: 01/01/2004
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781904738008
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Review by austcrimefiction
The death of a travelling salesman in the forest of Gerzenstein appears to be an open and shut case. Sergeant Studer is confronted with an obvious suspect and a confession to the murder. But nothing is what it seems. Envy, hatred, sexual abuse and the corrosive power of money lie just beneath the surface. Studer's investigation soon splinters the glassy facade of Switzerland's tidy villages, manicured forests and seemingly placid citizens.Don't make the mistake I did when you sit down to Thumbprint, and assume that 197 pages will be a quick read. Thumbprint is enthralling, involving, dense and endlessly fascinating, but it begs to be read slowly. The dialogue is lively, Studer's methods partly eclectic, partly dogged. Thumbprint is a magnificent book though, and I'm really looking forward to my next book from this all too small collection of books.
Review by Steve38
I'm not really a fan of crime novels and this did nothing to change my mind. Apparently a popular author in Germany I can see why he might have a following. But it's a simply plotted tale with sketchily filled in characters. Interesting as it has a little historical feel to it but not something that will lead me to find any more in the series By the way - the mayor did it.