Author(s): Roberto Bolano
War-games champion Udo Berger and his girlfriend Ingeborg are on holiday. There they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, and a band of shady locals. They have fun, see the sights, relax. Then, late one night, Charly disappears without a trace. Desperate to solve the mystery, Udo refuses to leave, even after Ingeborg returns home. Increasingly frightened, the situation slips beyond his grasp and he suddenly realizes that the consequences of this 'game' are much more serious than he ever imagined. 'Essential reading for fans of his later books ...and for those who don't yet know Bolano, it is a fine novel in itself, enthrallingly written and well translated' Independent on Sunday 'A mesmerizing tale: sleek, linear, easily digested' Washington Post
Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.