Only the Best

Only the Best

Erwin Koch

One Sunday morning, the Reverend and Mrs Mangold are in for a nasty surprise: their son's ex-girlfriend, who is wanted by the police, is standing outside the door, asking to be let in. Her abrupt arrival stirs up uncomfortable and deeply-buried memories for the elderly couple. With a fine flair for narrative and great literary sophistication, Erwin Koch tells a dramatic tale of unacknowledged guilt and unreconciled conscience.

Reverend Albert Mangold is going over his sermon one last time, when the doorbell rings. It is Anna Baumer, who has been in hiding since a half-baked attempt at kidnapping the wife of a bank manager, a crime that her accomplice Simon, the Mangold's son, was imprisoned for. These days, Simon is working for a local paper, copy-editing the obituaries, while it looks like Anna may have committed another crime, this time with fatal consequences. Why else would the police cordon off the area and be searching for the murderer of the elderly graveyard security guard, who was shot dead the previous night near the grave of Anna's father? The Mangolds and Anna are captives in the home throughout Sunday – a day that will end in the couple's death. In his obituary, Simon reconstructs their final hours.

"Ingenious use of language that makes reading an absolute joy". (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

Only the Best

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