- Hanser Verlag (Germany)
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About the book
One night a woman experiences the murder that during a malicious police interrogation she was persuaded she did in fact commit. The next morning she confesses. She is found guilty. Her confession lies at the centre of a web of events in which the prime motive is murder most foul, with the absence of the slightest hint of remorse. In the chapter ‘Beating her up was delightful’ Maria Lina avenges her mother. ‘Innocence’ shows us how the real murderer erased the murder from her life on the day it occurred. As so often in De Moor’s work, the tone of the novel is playful and serene and most of the characters live together lovingly but without any ambition to fathom each other. One odd exception is Rinus, whose job is to chase birds away from Schiphol Airport. Although she has never told him so, he both knows and approves of the fact that his wife Marie Lina will eventually take full revenge.