400 pages, 8.52 × 5.93 × 1.27 in
June 3, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0804138818
ISBN - 13: 9780804138819
From the Publisher
The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Dinner.
When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.
It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.
Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.
About the Author
HERMAN KOCH is the author of eight novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in twenty-five countries, and was an international bestseller. He currently lives in Amsterdam.
New York Times BestsellerA Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014“This is a novel of ideas (Have fun, book clubs)…[Koch] makes Nietzsche sound like Dale Carnegie.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times“Caustic…Poisonous … I couldn’t stop reading this… Chapter by chapter, it is shockingly cynical and infected with a strain of humor so toxic that it should come with a bottle of Purell….Ghoulishly fascinating.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post“The opening pages grab us with a mordant view of socialized medicine and a chilled insight into the anxieties of the flesh… Disturbingly good…Psychologically rich…Deftly paced...Compelling.”—USA Today“Summer House With Swimming Pool is a gripping read, an assault of unexpected twists and thumbscrew-turning tension.”—Entertainment Weekly“Sick, twisted—and more important—highly entertaining… Balmy temperatures and sunny skies won't stop the chill that runs up and down your spine as the story unfolds…A modern-day Agatha Christie… [This] could be the most talked-about book of the summer.”—Chicago Tribune“Bound to satisfy fans of The Dinner…A new psychological thriller about nasty people on an opulent vacation.”—Boston Globe"Twisty, thrilling."—New York Post"There are all kinds of scary novels, and this one, out of the Netherlands, Herman Koch’s “Summer House With Swimming Pool,” is perhaps the most unsettling sort. It’s devilish...You'll be hooked."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Gripping...Koch uses language like a stethoscope, so that we can hear the beating heart