A suspenseful tale of a police inspector's unremitting search for a psychopathic killer his superiors claim does not exist. But more than a novel of crime and detection, Freidrich Dürrenmatt's deeply moving drama is the eloquent account of a decent man's gradual decay. With grim irony, the master storyteller shows how a dedicated law-enforcer's obsession for truth and justice can lead him to bait a trap as morally offensive as the evil strategy used by the maniacal murderer he relentlessly pursues.
»A stark essay in crime and pursuit, as terse and assured in construction as the best of Simenon.«Spectator
»An unusual and arresting novel of crime and detection. Mr. Dürrenmatt is an accomplished and dramatic storyteller, and he has tucked into his short narrative some tantalizing moral questions.«Atlantic Monthly
»A shocker done on the level of high art. Every word falls into place like a footstep of approaching doom.«Newsweek
»Perhaps Dürrenmatt's best work.«Wall Street Journal