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Anlage 1: The Exposition

Setting (place and time)

  • contemporary London: Ian’s house in Chelsea
  • Brompton cemetry, London


  • Police report the death of Ian Rider in a car accident to his nephew Alex.
  • Alex doesn’t believe in the alleged car accident: “’The police said he wasn’t wearing his seat belt.’ […] ‘Doesn’t that seem strange to you? […] He always wore his seat belt’.” (p. 5)
  • Ian’s funeral at Brompton cemetery – the mystery deepens

    → There is obvious evidence that Ian didn’t work as a banker: “Ian Rider had gone and so had everything else […] Whatever the truth was about his uncle’s past, someone had just wiped it out.” (p. 12)





  “When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news.” (p. 1, first sentence of the novel)
  “Doesn’t that seem strange to you? You know how careful he was…” (p. 5, Alex to Jack about Ian’s alleged car accident)
  “…that made his [Alex] skin crawl.” (p. 8, Alex’s first meeting with Mr. Blunt)
  “… a good man, a patriotic man…” (p. 9, graveside address)
  “Why should bank managers carry guns?” (p. 11, Mr. Blunt’s company at the funeral)

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