A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job and his marriage. And when the ensuing scandal threatens to completely destroy him, he flees to Paris.
He arrives in the French captial in the bleak midwinter, and ends up having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life. But their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events, and soon Harry finds himself in a nightmare from which there is no easy escape.
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Nail-bitingly compulsive... A thumping good read. Kennedy has done it again - The Times
An extraordinary tour de force - Mail on Sunday
I ended up missing my stop to finish it - Daily Telegraph
Classic Kennedy... extraordinarily compelling... Kennedy handles a morally complex, yet also surprisingly satisfying, ending with consummate skill, proving what a master he is - Daily Mirror
A grim, claustrophobic atmosphere is layered with sleazy transactions and the emotional flaws of the characters. It's all neatly captured in Kennedy's sharp, shoot-from-the-hip prose - Independent on Sunday
Douglas Kennedy is back with another of his intriguing, beautifully written page-turners - Elle
Kennedy is a fantastic, feisty writer - Independent on Sunday
Douglas Kennedy's novels include the critically acclaimed The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship, Five Days and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly praised travel books. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2006 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Born in Manhattan, he has two children and currently divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin and Maine.