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Fear

(2017)
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An acclaimed German writer makes his American debut with this gripping and sophisticated thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and the early novels of Ian McEwan, about the murder of a neighbor who had been harassing a middle-class family - and the relative imprisoned for the crime.

"I had always believed my father capable of a massacre. Whenever I heard on the news that there had been a killing spree, I would hold my breath, unable to relax until it was clear that it couldn't have been him."

Randolph Tiefenthaler insists he had a normal childhood, though he grew up with a father who kept 30 loaded guns in the house. A modestly successful architect with a wonderful family and a beautiful home, he soon finds his life compromised when his father, a man Randolph loves yet has always feared, is imprisoned for murder.

Fear is the story of the twisted events leading up to his father's incarceration. It begins when Randolph and his family move into a new building and meet their neighbor, Dieter Tiberius, the peculiar yet seemingly friendly man living in the basement apartment. As the Tiefenthalers settle into their home, they become increasingly disturbed as Dieter's strange behavior turns malevolent. Randolph unravels the tale of Dieter's harassment - the erotic letters he sends to Rebecca, his spying, his accusations of child abuse, the police reports he filed against them. Finally, Randolph admits his own feelings of desperation and helplessness, which ultimately lead to his father's intervention.

As Randolph plumbs the depths of his own uncertainty surrounding the murder - pondering fundamental questions about masculinity, violence, and the rule of law - his reliability is slowly but irrevocably called into doubt. The result is an unsettling meditation on middle-class privilege and "civilized life" that builds to a shocking conclusion.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Its layers of paranoia and memories are brilliantly done to play on every parents' deepest fears." - Fiona Barton

"A terrific, original thriller - I loved it." - Joanne Harris

"Thought-provoking, intelligent and genuinely chilling. It's quite possible that we are all just a few provocations away from cold-blooded murder." - Elizabeth Haynes

"I loved it. So rich and claustrophobic." - Renée Knight

"Fear makes us accessories to murder. Do we want the victim to survive? No, we don't." - Herman Koch

"Grips you from the get-go." - Stav Sherez

"I'm intrigued by Dirk Kurbjuweit's novel FEAR, about a stalker living downstairs." - Lionel Shriver


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January 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fear: The gripping thriller that has everyone talking
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
ISBN: 1-4091-7202-3 / 978-1-4091-7202-4 (UK edition)
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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fear: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-267834-5 / 978-0-06-267834-8 (USA edition)
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September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fear: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-267835-3 / 978-0-06-267835-5 (USA edition)
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fear
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October 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Fear
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ISBN: 1-4870-0283-1 / 978-1-4870-0283-1 (Canada edition)
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Title: Fear
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
ISBN: 1-925498-19-0 / 978-1-925498-19-6 (Australia edition)
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fear
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
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January 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Fear
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
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October 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Fear Lib/E
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
ISBN: 1-5384-5487-4 / 978-1-5384-5487-9 (USA edition)
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October 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Fear: A Novel
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
ISBN: 1-5384-5489-0 / 978-1-5384-5489-3 (USA edition)
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Title: Fear: A Novel
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
ISBN: 1-5384-5488-2 / 978-1-5384-5488-6 (USA edition)
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Title: Fear: A Novel
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January 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fear: A brilliantly gripping and twisty psychological thriller
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
Publisher: Orion
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October 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fear
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Fear: A Novel
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   


January 2017 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Fear
Author(s): Dirk Kurbjuweit
Publisher: Text Publishing
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