Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780375700095, 256pp.
Publication Date: July 8, 2003
When the nameless narrator embarks upon an affair with Karen, a seemingly vapid P.E. teacher married to a boring accountant, he does not know her fetish is for adultery while her husband is in the room or loitering nearby. But once he finds out, he doesn t care. He has been abroad for twenty years, and since his return to merry old England he's been startlingly uninhibited by morals or a conscience. Which is not only why he eventually gets involved with blackmail, a kidnapping, and two murders, but also how, with hilariously syllogistic logic, he's able to justify his role in all of it.
“Superb . . . . It’s just like James M. Cain, only funny. Come to think of it, maybe it’s more just like Nabokov. Only fun.” --The New York Times
“[A] superior piece of noir. . . brisk, absorbing and . . . satisfying.” --The Sunday Times
“Nasty, original, murderously funny entertainment.” --The Independent