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Under the Pear Tree Paperback – March 28, 2010

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: BGU Limited (March 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848460139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848460133
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is one of Fontanes few efforts related to crime fiction. Yet it is not a detective novel, as the perpetrator is known from the very beginning. Hradschek and his wife live in Tschechin, a small village in Brandenburg. Hradschek is the villages innkeeper. He is close to bankruptcy due to his gambling habit and his wifes spending on luxury. One day he finds under his pear tree in his garden the skeleton a a French soldier. Thus a devious plan grows in his mind. As one day Szulski, the representative of a Polish merchant, comes to collect outstanding debt, Hradschek and his wife murder him. They bury him in the cellar, but Hradschek makes sure that he is seen digging in the garden during the night of the murder.
Soon the village realizes that there is a connection between the missing Szulski and Hradschek. Thus Hradschek is imprisoned. After a while an old woman from the neigbourhood comes forth with what she has seen in the night. Hradschek is brought to his garden and the police digs up the ground under the pear tree, where soon they find the French soldiers skeleton. It is obvious that this skelton is far too old to be Szulskis. Thus Hradschek, who has a good story to explain his mysterious nightly digging, is freed. Yet his wife cannot overcome her bad conscience and soon dies. The old story starts haunting Hradschek and in order to get rid of it, he decised to remove the dead body of Szulski, who had been burried in the wine cellar. Thus he climbs down at night, but, due to some misfortune, an oil barrel rolls over the trapdoor to the cellar and Hradschek has to spend the night with the dead body. The next day he is found - dead.
The village keeps the affair mostly under wraps.
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