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Critique of Criminal Reason (Hanno Stiffeniis, #1)Critique of Criminal Reason by Michael Gregorio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hanno Stifeniis has moved to Lotingen to stay away from the tumultuous life he has had in Konisberg. He is living a peaceful life with his wife and children. A call or rather a command from the King to go to Konisberg disturbs this idyllic life of Hanno. He is rushed to Konisberg and has been asked to investigate a series of murders. This in the background that Napolean is contemplating to attack Prussia.

Hanno is put up in an inn by the person who summoned him, whom he realizes may not be the King himself where there seems to be political intrigue cooking up. He is warned by the innkeeper’s nephew about the nefarious activities and he the innkeeper tries his best to keep his nephew from talking to Hanno. Hanno is unable to decide and before he can do so the boy is murdered.

The assistant of the the ex-procurator who Hanno has replaced turns out to be of tremendous help to Hanno, although their initial interactions had not turned out to be very cordial.

He is pushed to a situation where he is forced to meet up with Kant, with whom he had been asked not to interact with, by others who were close to Kant. Kant proves once again to Hanno and his worship of his idol continues.

The book weaves through the life of a prostitute cum abortionist and the prior valet of Kant and through Hanno’s personal tragedy of having lost his brother and mother.

The book ends with a Hanno giving a reply to the King on the murders that have happened and goes back to Lotingen. The reader is left to speculate as to what actually happened.

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