Author: Ian McEwan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0099289571
Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize, Amsterdam is brilliantly engineered and marvelously entertaining.
Gathered at the North London funeral of Molly Lane - - desirable, talented, dead at 46 of an unspecified, madness-inducing disease - are her unpopular widower George, a plutocratic publisher, and at least three of her lovers.
Clive Linely is a successful but conservative composer. Vernon Halliday is the latest editor of The Judge. . . Then there is the Foreign Secretary, Julian Garmony .. With its mixture of vitriol and lingering lust, the tone here is deftly set.. Photographs come to light that show Garmony cross-dressing. Should Vernon publish his expose and destroy the political enemy or is Clive correct that this betrays Molly, who took the snaps in private?
A psychologically brilliant study of heartlessness .. Superbly gone .. Gripping..chilling..finely executed. - Sunday Telegraph
Full of gusto, straightforward, and delivers blows to the gut ...shocking - Literary Review
The novel twists and turns unexpectedly... McEvan has a master's control over his instrument. - Sunday Times