From the author of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair comes a fiendish, intricately structured mystery centred on dynastic intrigue at a Swiss bank and a mysterious hotel with a missing room.
It all starts with an innocuous curiosity: at the Hotel Verbier, a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps, there is no Room 622.
This anomaly piques the interest of the writer Joel Dicker, Switzerland's most famous literary star, who is staying at the hotel to recover from a bad breakup, mourn the death of his longtime publisher, and begin his next novel. Before he knows it, Joel is coaxed out of his torpor by a fellow guest - Scarlett, a captivating aspiring novelist with a nose for intrigue, who swiftly uncovers the reason behind Room 622's deliberate erasure: an unsolved murder.
Meanwhile, in the wake of his father's passing, Macaire Ebezner is set to take over as president of the largest private bank in Switzerland. The succession captivates the news media, and the future looks bright, until Macaire learns that the bank's board plan to appoint one Lev Levovitch - Geneva's very own Jay Gatsby - in his place. What seemed a race to the top has just become a race against time...
A Russian doll of a mystery crafted with the precision of a Swiss watch, The Enigma of Room 622 is a diabolically addictive thriller in which a love triangle and a power struggle - fuelled by envy and betrayal - play out between Geneva and the Alps, as the truth twists and turns into something no reader will see coming.
Translated from the French by Roberto Bononno.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 42 mm
'Dicker has the first-rate crime novelist's ability to lead his readers up the garden path' - Sunday Express
'Joel Dicker really knows how to tell a great story' - Valeurs Actuelles
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I read a couple of chapters before coming to the conclusion that this really wasn't for me. I didn't like the style, which seemed overly verbose, and I didn't like the main character either.
“A nested Russian doll of a financial thriller”
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2.5 rounded down
I’ve just been on the choo-choo train to the land of disappointment especially as I really really enjoyed The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, The Baltimore Boys though it has to be said less... More
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