Peter Terrin (b. 1968) wrote his debut, a collection of short stories titled De code (The Code), in 1998. After his first novel, Kras (Scratch, 2001), he broke through with Blanco (Blank, 2003), about a man who loses his wife due to a car-jacking. In Vrouwen en kinderen eerst (Women and Children First, 2004) a team of engineers and workmen disassembling a conveyor belt in a deserted factory confront a lifeless but inflexible opponent in indefinable, inhospitable surroundings, creating an ominous atmosphere. With it, Peter Terrin placed himself forever at the forefront of Flemish literature. In 2006, he published the collection of short stories, De bijeneters (The Bee Eaters). De bewaker, nominated for the Libris Literature Prize, confirms his talent as a stylist and a creator.