The novel is a darkly comic, murder mystery set in London at the end of the 20th century. The story follows three main characters: a terminally ill American writer, a petty criminal, and a beautiful but doomed woman who predicts her own murder but not the murderer. The narrative is filled with satirical social commentary, exploring themes of love, lust, greed, and deception.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 59th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
- 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))
- 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
- As if You Don't Have Enough to Read, Fiction Edition (New York Times)