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ISBN13: 9780804138819
ISBN10: 0804138818
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Staff Pick

Deliciously nasty, gritty, and strangely redemptive, this will be the best thing you read at your summer house. It's murder mystery entwined with medical maleficence, warring ethics, and a storyline that will barely allow you to blink as you read obsessively long into the night.
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The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant New York Time's bestseller The Dinner.

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.

Review:

"In Koch's equally devious follow-up to The Dinner, civilization is once again only a thin cover-up for man's baser instincts. This time out, we meet Dr. Marc Schlosser, whose practice includes a new patient, veteran TV and stage actor Ralph Meier. At a party, Marc doesn't like the way Ralph looks at his wife, Caroline. So when Marc and his family are invited to spend part of their vacation at Ralph's summer house (with swimming pool), Marc reluctantly accepts. There, his family mingles with Ralph's family, as well as houseguests Stanley Forbes, a film director, and his much younger girlfriend. The air is rife with sexual tension as Ralph showers too much attention on Marc's underage daughter, Julia, and Marc toys with having an affair with Ralph's wife, Judith. Then tragedy strikes. One year later, through a confluence of events, Ralph is dead and Marc is implicated. Over the course of the novel, the truth about what really happened that summer is revealed. Although Koch, by his own admission, is not a mystery writer, he once again succeeds on that count without ever stinting on literary quality. And though it's a bit too long, make no mistake: very few real-world events will distract readers from finishing this addictive book in one or two sittings. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

“[In The Dinner,] Koch’s wry wit and sardonic approach to marriage and children transformed a grisly act of violence into fodder for parental and ethical contemplation. Here, he once again probes the limits of parental protection…[and] continues to illuminate ways in which our Freudian unconscious takes dreadful revenge on the ego.” Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"Just as he did in his bestseller, The Dinner (2013), Dutch novelist Koch tells a sinister tale through the eyes of a questionable narrator....Koch's deft and nuanced exploration of gender, guilt, and vengeance make his second novel to be translated into English an absorbing read." Booklist

Review:

“In this disquieting novel from Koch (The Dinner, 2013, etc.), sex, celebrity and medical ethics become inextricably tangled as a summer idyll goes nightmarishly wrong....A sly psychological thriller lurks within this pitch-dark comedy of manners.” Kirkus

Review:

"Herman Koch (The Dinner) dishes up another rich stew of language, character and cynicism...[with] a summer vacation mystery." Shelf Awareness

About the Author

HERMAN KOCH is the author of eight novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in twenty-five countries, and was an international bestseller. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

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Linda Johnson, October 30, 2014 (view all comments by Linda Johnson)
I trudged through Koch's previous book, "The Dinner", since I had immense trouble with the actions which were the basis for the dinner.
After reading this book, I really wonder about the writer's mind. A mind that can write so brilliantly such a despicable tale.

Dr. Marc Schlosser is a general practitioner whose contempt for his patients oozes from the page, so much so I had trouble being pulled into the story. I detested Schlosser. Why would I want to read almost 400 pages about this sleeze?

The answer is that one of his patients dies and the reader is slowly manipulated into hanging on to find out exactly what the doctor did and then why he did it. It quickly becomes clear that the doctor was seeking retribution, but for what?

Not everything in the books or about the doctor is repulsive. The love and affection he has with his family, especially his daughters. He would do anything to protect them.

Still, Schlosser does tend to think of himself and his needs and desires first even if no one else in the family goes along with his decisions.

The book may have started slowly, but the last half of the book I read in marathon fashion. Hang in until the end and see the just or unjust desserts.
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dreena, September 15, 2014 (view all comments by dreena)
Like The Dinner, Koch creates a bizarre narrator and a plot that will keep you reading late into the night. Trust me. You will never look at your family doctor the same way. The novel is a prescription for your next book club selection.
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beth brooks, June 22, 2014 (view all comments by beth brooks)
What a book!! First you notice the cover: a physician's prescription pad with the notation "Summer House with Swimming Pool." Intriguing --- but not a fraction of the intrigue you will experience when you begin to read!! Captivating, engrossing, inventive, polished, enthralling --- all of these apply. I can't imagine anyone who isn't spellbound as you first meet the general practitioner, then one-by-one his family and patients. The reader is drawn into a drama that leaves you breathless with its twists and turns, all seen through the eyes of the doctor who is a husband, father, and someone who has a bizarre philosophy of his professional role. Guaranteed to be consumed with the same anticipation you would have to receive an invitation to a summer house with swimming pool.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804138819
Author:
Koch, Herman
Publisher:
Hogarth
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140603
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.52 x 6.04 x 1.29 in 1.28 lb

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Product details 400 pages Hogarth - English 9780804138819 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Deliciously nasty, gritty, and strangely redemptive, this will be the best thing you read at your summer house. It's murder mystery entwined with medical maleficence, warring ethics, and a storyline that will barely allow you to blink as you read obsessively long into the night.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Koch's equally devious follow-up to The Dinner, civilization is once again only a thin cover-up for man's baser instincts. This time out, we meet Dr. Marc Schlosser, whose practice includes a new patient, veteran TV and stage actor Ralph Meier. At a party, Marc doesn't like the way Ralph looks at his wife, Caroline. So when Marc and his family are invited to spend part of their vacation at Ralph's summer house (with swimming pool), Marc reluctantly accepts. There, his family mingles with Ralph's family, as well as houseguests Stanley Forbes, a film director, and his much younger girlfriend. The air is rife with sexual tension as Ralph showers too much attention on Marc's underage daughter, Julia, and Marc toys with having an affair with Ralph's wife, Judith. Then tragedy strikes. One year later, through a confluence of events, Ralph is dead and Marc is implicated. Over the course of the novel, the truth about what really happened that summer is revealed. Although Koch, by his own admission, is not a mystery writer, he once again succeeds on that count without ever stinting on literary quality. And though it's a bit too long, make no mistake: very few real-world events will distract readers from finishing this addictive book in one or two sittings. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “[In The Dinner,] Koch’s wry wit and sardonic approach to marriage and children transformed a grisly act of violence into fodder for parental and ethical contemplation. Here, he once again probes the limits of parental protection…[and] continues to illuminate ways in which our Freudian unconscious takes dreadful revenge on the ego.”
"Review" by , "Just as he did in his bestseller, The Dinner (2013), Dutch novelist Koch tells a sinister tale through the eyes of a questionable narrator....Koch's deft and nuanced exploration of gender, guilt, and vengeance make his second novel to be translated into English an absorbing read."
"Review" by , “In this disquieting novel from Koch (The Dinner, 2013, etc.), sex, celebrity and medical ethics become inextricably tangled as a summer idyll goes nightmarishly wrong....A sly psychological thriller lurks within this pitch-dark comedy of manners.”
"Review" by , "Herman Koch (The Dinner) dishes up another rich stew of language, character and cynicism...[with] a summer vacation mystery."
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