Kees van Beijnum / Kees van Beijnum – 23 Seconds

Kees van Beijnum – 23 Seconds

Kees van Beijnum – 23 Seconds



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About the book

A young writer named Anne returns to Amsterdam’s Red Light District twenty years after the notorious ‘hammer murder’ of her mother, a window prostitute born and raised in the city. She’s been given an advance by her publisher to write about her extraordinary childhood. Anne’s search for the roots of her existence raises more questions about her mother’s murder than it answers. Determined to unravel the mystery, she descends deeper and deeper into the dark world of her past. When she tries to contact the murderer, the consequences are explosive. The mystery’s unravelling is cleverly interwoven with the riveting story of a photographer named Hayo, Anne’s young love before he died.

Press on previous work:

Characters who will steal your heart. […] There are books that radiate self-confidence from the very first page, permeated with concentration, control and a kind of maturity. If we, for the moment, define good writing as getting readers where you want them, Sacrifice can only be called exemplary.’ **** – NRC-Handelsblad

‘The alternating storylines are well balanced, like a perfectly composed piece of music.’ **** – de Telegraaf


Kees van Beijnum (b. 1954) is the author of successful novels such as Poet on the Zeedijk, Oysters at Nam Kee, which won him the F. Bordewijk Prize and Kind of Family which was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. His three most recent titles are Sacrifice, The Beautiful Season and 23 Seconds.

© Keke Keukelaar

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403160009
  • Number of pages: 304
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €22,99
  • English sample available