Fritz Tolm has risen to the most powerful position in Germany. With fame comes fear and vulnerability. Threats to his life are met with the all-pervasive “safety-net” of police protection and surveillance. Trapped in a house they dare not leave, where every visitor is suspect and every object a potential bomb, Tolm and his family wait to discover when and how terrorism will overtake them.
“Heinrich Böll never lacked courage. When most good German burghers were reacting to the words ‘Baader-Meinhof’ as if they were the names of Hell’s most fearsome demons, Böll attempted to explain, in print, why some of Germany’s most brilliant people had chosen the left-hand path of terrorism.” —Salman Rushdie
“The strongest response to modern terrorism by a serious novelist; an artful, gripping novel.” —Kirkus Reviews
“His work reaches the highest level of creative originality and stylistic perfection.” —The Daily Telegraph