Self's Deception

Self's Deception

By Bernhard Schlink

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780375709081, 334pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2007


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.

About the Author
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel "The Reader," as well as four prize-winning crime novels-"The Gordian Knot," "Self's Fraud," "Self's Punishment," and "Self Slaughter"--that are currently being translated into English. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.

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Praise For Self's Deception

“A sophisticated, chilling and superbly written thriller.”
—Michael Dibdin, author of Back to Bologna

“A delightfully unique protagonist, a marvelous complex mystery.”
—Mike Lawson, bestselling author of The Second Perimeter

“Immensely pleasurable and deeply intriguing. Schlink has crafted a novel rich with the comforts of insight and humanity.”
—Dan Fesperman, author of The Prisoner of Guantánamo
“From this highly gifted writer another delightfully winding crime story, told with bleak and bitter irony.”
—Håkan Nesser, author of The Return