‘Cool, meticulously crafted and mordantly amusing’ Irish Times
‘A chilling insight into a flawed justice system’ Daily Mail
A young lawyer puts aside her sense of justice to succeed at her new firm.
A man who values silence is driven to murder by his noisy neighbours.
A cheated wife seeks revenge.
How do you decide what punishment fits the crime?
Our narrator is a man you’d never want to meet unless you really needed him. A nameless lawyer, he coolly recounts the fates of twelve characters who cross his path, uncovering the loneliness and alienation, desire and desperation which drive their choices and shape the consequences they face.
Drawn from Ferdinand von Schirach’s eminent career as a criminal defence lawyer, each story in Punishment crackles with suspense, masterfully treading the line between fiction and truth.