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News from Vintage Books

A Division of Penguin Random House

9781101910504“A mesmerizing and disturbing psychological thriller…Fantasy and reality entwine.”

—The Wall Street Journal


By Juli Zeh

A Vintage Books Trade Paperback

272 pages, $16.95

June 23, 2015

“Decompression,” a novel by Juli Zeh, is the winner of the Thomas Mann Prize.

From one of Germany’s rising literary stars: an award-winning thriller, written in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith, that follows two couples caught in a web of conflicting passions while deep-sea diving off the beautiful Canary Islands.

In this riveting tale we meet Diving instructor Sven Fiedler and his girlfriend, Antje, who live and work on the Spanish island of Lanzarote. When a tourist couple – Jola, a soap opera actress, and Theo, a stalled novelist – arrive for an intensive two-week diving experience, Sven is captivated by Jola’s beauty and evident wealth.

Theo suspects that Sven and Jola have begun an affair, but oddly, he seems to encourage them. Antje looks on, increasingly wary of these new clients. Cycling through different points of view, we are constantly kept guessing about who knows what – and who is telling the truth. A brutal game of temptation and manipulation unfolds, pointing toward a violent end – but a quiet one, underwater, beneath the waves.


News from Anchor Books

A Division of Penguin Random House

CPXFVGLWgAIdM5VThe Distance 

by Helen Giltrow

An Anchor Books Trade Paperback

368 pages


July 7, 2015

A London society woman with a secret criminal past and a hit man with an impossible job offer she can’t refuse come together in this relentlessly paced debut thriller.

Charlotte Alton is an elegant London socialite. But behind the locked doors of her sleek, fortified apartment, she becomes Karla, a fixer who specializes in creating and erasing identities, and can cover any criminal’s tracks. Only a few people in the world know her secret.

One of them is Simon Johanssen, a killer-for-hire who resurfaces – years after she helped him to quietly disappear – with an impossible job. He needs access to a high-security, experimental prison colony in order to assassinate an inmate. The catch: there’s no record of the target’s existence, and what’s worse, the criminal boss from whom he’s been hiding is inside, too. The trap has been set, but who is the real target – Johanssen or Karla herself?