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    Detective Story (Hardback) By (author) Imre Kertesz

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    DescriptionAs readers, we are accustomed to reading stories of war and injustice from the victims’ point of view, sympathizing with their plight. In Detective Story, the tables have been turned, leaving us in the mind of a monster, as Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész plunges us into a story of the worst kind, told by a man living outside morality. Now in prison, Antonio Martens is a torturer for the secret police of a recently defunct dictatorship. He requests and is given writing materials in his cell, and what he has to recount is his involvement in the surveillance, torture, and assassination of Federigo and Enrique Salinas, a prominent father and son whose principled but passive opposition to the regime left them vulnerable to the secret police. Preying on young Enrique’s aimless life, the secret police began to position him as a subversive and then targeted his father. Once this plan was set into motion, any means were justified to reach the regime’s chosen end—the destruction of an entire liberal class. Inside Martens’s mind, we inhabit the rationalizing world of evil and see firsthand the inherent danger of inertia during times of crisis. A slim, explosive novel of justice railroaded by malevolence, Detective Story is a warning cry for our time.

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    Detective Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Imre Kertesz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307266446
    ISBN 10: 0307266443

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 550
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 06
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 894.511334
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC22: 894/.511334
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 33
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A24465070
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022000
    LC classification: PH3281.K3815 D4813 2008
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition statement
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Potter Style
    Publication date
    17 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York