Detective Story

Detective Story

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Random House, Inc.
As 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.

Baker & Taylor
Antonio Martens, an imprisoned torturer for a deposed South American dictator, recounts his involvement in the surveillance, torture, and assassination of two opponents of the former regime, Federigo Salinas and his son Enrique.

Blackwell North Amer
As 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 author Imre Kertesz 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.

Baker
& Taylor

In a chilling study of the nature of evil, Antonio Martens, a one-time torturer for the secret police of a recently deposed dictatorship who has been imprisoned for his crimes, describes his involvement in the surveillance, torture, and assassination of Federigo and Enrique Salinas, whose opposition to the former regime made them targets. 15,000 first printing.
The imprisoned former torturer for a defunct South American dictatorship recounts his involvement in the surveillance, torture, and assassination of a prominent man and his son whose principled but passive opposition to the regime left them vulnerable to the secret police.

Publisher: New York : Alfred a Knopf Inc 2008
ISBN: 9780307266446
0307266443
Branch Call Number: FICTION KERTESZ
Additional Contributors: Wilkinson, Tim -
Kertesz, Imre

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