The blue Mercedes war parked on a remote hillside in Switzerland. A young Police Lieutenant lay slumped dead at the wheel ... In his search for the murderer, the brilliant Commissioner Barlach finds himself pitted against an old and elusive enemy. For forty years, the two shrewd men - one a master criminal and the other a great criminologist - had matched wits and crossed paths in all the major capitals of the world. Now, time was short, and Barlach knew there was only one sure way to trap the brutal killer.
»A first crime novel, that still casts its spell even half a century after it first appeared. [...] ›The Judge and His Hangman‹ calls out to be rediscovered. One of the best books of the century, whose qualities have rarely been equalled in German-language crime literature.«spiegel.de
»Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s ›The Judge and his Hangman‹ is the great-grandmother of all those crime novels set in the provinces, and whose main character is an investigator whose fatal illness means he is no longer bound by justice and law, so that once freed from the humdrum constraints of everyday life, what would otherwise have to be called personal caprice, looks like morality.«Berliner Morgenpost
»One of those rare thrillers that offer you a two-way escape. You're happy to escape from the daily routine into them, and then they're so terrifying that you're happy to escape, all goosefleshy, out of them and back to the daily routine.«The San Francisco Examiner
»The novel is an exploration of the notion of justice, as much as an account of a particular crime.«Times Literary Supplement
»Laconic and effective.«Kirkus Reviews
»Dürrenmatt doesn’t waste words and his occasional literary flourishes gleam like silver in these dark woods.«Village Voice Literary Supplement