MIRKO BEETSCHEN’S DEBUT NOVEL IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL PUZZLE ABOUT IDENTITY AND APPEARANCES, A MULTI-LAYERED THRILLER WITH A SURPRISING OUTCOME.
Samuel Bach (37) seems to have everything he could wish for: He’s a successful journalist and architecture critic, lives in a wealthy Swiss city and enjoys his single life, culture and a small circle of friends. When he flirts with a stranger one night, however, his life takes a wrong turn.
Raymond does his best to maintain contact – much to Samuel’s chagrin. The seemingly random encounters and efforts of his devotee become increasingly irritating and more and more threatening. The shy stranger gradually evolves into a merciless stalker, and Samuel has no other choice than to turn the tables. That’s when he makes a shocking discovery.
«In his debut novel, Mirko Beetschen impressively and with purposeful slowness describes how a fleeting acquaintance gradually evolves into a frighteningly close and involuntary relationship.»— NZZ, 06/15
«Swiss author Mirko Beetschen describes his scenes so vividly that it feels like watching a movie. The reader is plunged right into the protagonist's life and breathlessly follows the tightening plot.»— SI Style, 12/14