Belinda Bauer is “Britain’s most original crime writer” (Crime Scene), one of the few authors in the genre to be longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Now she returns with a heart-pounding, heartbreaking, and often hilarious new crime novel in which it’s never too late for life to go fatally wrong.
Felix Pink is retired. Widowed for more than a decade, a painfully literal thinker, he has led a life of routine and is, not unhappily, waiting to die a hopefully boring death. He occupies himself volunteering as an Exiteer—someone who sits with terminally ill people as they die by suicide, assisting with logistics and lending moral support, then removing the evidence so that family and friends are not implicated in the death. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath.
But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police—after making the biggest mistake of his life. Now his routine world is turned upside down as he tries to discover whether what went wrong was a simple mistake—or deliberate. Murder.
Belinda Bauer continues to redefine the boundaries of crime fiction, with a novel that is part murder mystery, part coming-of-old-age story—however short that future may be. With the compassion and dark humor of Jonas Jonasson and the twisted thriller plotting of Rear Window, Exit is a novel readers will not soon forget.
Advance praise for Exit:
“Belinda Bauer’s enjoyment of the complexity and unpredictability of human lives is contagious. Exit is pure guilty pleasure.”—Thomas Perry, author of Eddie’s Boy
“Bauer’s unique trademark strengths make Exit quirky, charming, intensely human, important . . . and very suspenseful. I loved it.”—Lee Child
Praise for Belinda Bauer:
“Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable.”—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and Woman with a Secret, on The Shut Eye
“The best crime novel I’ve read in a very long time.”—Val McDermid, author of How the Dead Speak, on Snap
“Vividly real . . . Gripping to the end.”—Kirkus Reviews on Snap
“The most original amateur sleuth I’ve come across all year is Patrick Fort, the young hero of Belinda Bauer’s macabre mystery.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review, on Rubbernecker