The 15 stories in Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach are loosely based on actual court cases. To say they are unsentimental is an understatement. The narrator in each book is the lawyer for the defense. Each story unfolds in a dispassionate way, going from one fact to another. If that sounds boring, remember that fact is often stranger than fiction. Horrific things happen to people who don’t deserve it. Justice is not always served and when it is it usually doesn’t seem adequate. These stories will leave you agape. They will challenge your views on guilt and how they fit into the framework of justice. I highly recommend this book. Author Ferdinand von Schirach is a criminal defense lawyer in Berlin.