Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307273550, 320pp.
Publication Date: September 20, 2011
One. Two. Three. That’s all it takes to drive the nail into her head, to leave her hanging on the wall. She deserved to die. Now all he needs is absolution for his sins, and he knows just the people who can help.
We know what you should say. We say what you want to hear.
Kris, Tamara, Wolf, and Frauke. Four young friends with too much time on their hands and one big idea: an agency called Sorry. Unfair dismissals, the wrongly accused, jilted lovers: everyone has a price and the Sorry team will find out what that is. It’s as simple as that. The idea catches on like wildfire and the quartet are soon raking in the cash, doing the emotional dirty work for fat cats, businessmen, and the romantically challenged.
But what they didn’t count on is that their latest client would be a killer.
Standing face-to-face with a brutally murdered woman, Kris and Wolf suddenly realize that the philosophy that has brought them so much success may have a flaw in it. And what they are compelled to do by the person who has contracted them is to dispose of the body. But who is the killer and why has he killed her? Someone is mocking them for playing God, and hell is only just beginning.
Intricately plotted, breathtakingly paced, utterly original, Sorry plunges the reader into a world whose connections dazzle the mind. Once you have read it, you will never be able to say “sorry” in quite the same way again.
Zoran Drvenkar was born in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Germany when he was three years old. He has been working as a writer since 1989 and lives in a former corn mill just outside of Berlin.
“Stunning . . . Sorry is the kind of thriller, the kind of novel, that doesn’t come along every day…[It] thrills, and it thrills immaculately. It’s that oft-cited but very rare species of novel we call a page-turner, and it brilliantly achieves this because Drvenkar knows how to use all the tools at his disposal, to excellent effect . . . Sorry is a thriller that should—despite occasional grisly moments—be savored.” —The New York Times Book Review
"Dark, demented, radical and grotesquely humorous, Sorry upends every convention of modern fiction craft, and brilliantly . . . Sorry might well be the mystery of the year!" —Bookpage
“Riffing on the nature of remorse within an elegantly structured and labyrinthine plot, Drvenkar gives his lead characters complicated backstories touching on estrangement, child abuse, and grief. This is a very clever, dark read. . .Drvenkar [is] a writer to watch.” —Booklist
“A challenging, insightful thriller . . . Drvenkar adroitly keeps the reader in the dark as he unravels a horrific story of child sexual abuse, savage revenge, and retribution.” —Publishers Weekly