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, Friedrich 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.
»An unusual and arresting novel ... Mr. Dürrenmatt is an accomplished and dramatic storyteller, and he has tucked into his short narrative some tantalizing moral questions.«Atlantic Monthly
»Altogether a book quite out of the ordinary.«The New York Times
»A stark essay in crime and pursuit, as terse and assured in construction as the best of Simenon.«Spectator
»The most psychologically detailed of Dürrenmatt's detective fictions, ›The Pledge‹ is the realization of what he sought in his experiments with the genre: ›making art where no one expects to find it‹.«Times Literary Supplement