"This is a crisp, wonderfully atmospheric novel. Even better is the creation of Fritz von Allmen, an unapologetically profligate bon vivant and petty thief, who steers us through the underbelly of Swiss dining and French glassware, all with the aplomb of a slightly more self-aware Bertie Wooster. Martin Suter is a terrific writer and deserves far greater recognition in America. With this superb translation, he should soon have it."

Jonathan Rabb, author of Among the Living and Rosa