This is a short read for one long evening or a long-distance flight. It is an absolute pleasure, both for the wonderfully precise language and the way the plot is developed. The first person narrator Tony Webster is a Brit in his sixties, who is well settled into a comfortable, uneventful life with no mysteries. Or so he believes until he receives a letter from a lawyer that propels him back to his student days. Only on the very last pages do we (partially) learn what really happened back then, and the expertly created suspense makes it very hard to put the book down after beginning part 2 (some planning ahead may be required to avoid interruptions...).