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Arbogast Case, the (2001) [Novel]
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On a warm September afternoon in 1953, Hans Arbogast, a traveling salesman, offers a ride to a hitchhiker - a striking young woman with curly red hair and a sonorous laugh, a refugee from East Berlin. Her name is Marie. They have a brief but passionate encounter in a meadow at dusk. And then she is dead. Arbogast is put on trial for her murder, and in a postwar Germany that has no tolerance for scandal, he is convicted, despite his protestation of innocence. The sentence: life imprisonment. All appeals are denied, and for the next fourteen years he grows to inhabit his prison cell as if it were a second skin. Then a journalist and a lawyer team up to have the case reopened. Central to their effort is the testimony of a forensic expert from East Berlin, who finds herself drawn in, with unexpected consequences.

Inspired by an actual trial that caused a furor at the time, The Arbogast Case elegantly weaves dramatic courtroom scenes with detailed forensic descriptions and authentic details of the grim postwar era.

Original title: Der Fall Arbogast
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryLegal Thriller

Edition #1: The Arbogast Case

The Arbogast Case (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Elizabeth Gaffney
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Manifested in:

The Arbogast Case (November 1, 2003)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374138125
Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.2
Pages: 352

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