On Sale: June 11, 2019
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Thriller Psychological | Thriller Political
The bracing and inventive new novel of suspicions and
secrecy from Herman Koch, the New York Times
bestselling author of The Dinner
When Robert Walter, popular mayor of Amsterdam, sees his
wife toss her head back with laughter while chatting to one
of his aldermen at a New Year's reception, he immediately
suspects the worst. Despite their long and happy marriage,
Robert is convinced that Sylvia is cheating on him--with the
respectable alderman who is dedicated to the environment, no
less. The man who wants to spoil the capital's skyline with
The New Year's reception marks the end of the "happy family"
era that the mayor has enjoyed for so long. His wife and
their daughter, Diana, however, are not aware of his
suspicions and carry on as usual. Robert starts spending a
lot of time and energy "behaving normally." Naturally, his
normal behavior is far more suspicious. Normally Robert's
not really present when he's at home--he's preoccupied with
his phone, the newspapers, and his own thoughts. But now
Robert is so sure he'll miss the clues if he doesn't pay
attention that he starts to be almost alarmingly attentive
and interested--ultimately losing himself in increasingly
panicked and paranoid trains of thought.
Written with Herman Koch's trademark originality,
playfulness, and edge, The Ditch is a wildly
clever--and guttingly familiar--story of a man whose
sadistic skill for undermining himself and his marriage
comes to cost him nearly everything.
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