Vriend van verdienste
Thrilling and haunting novel about friendship and betrayal
How far would you go for friendship? This is the subject of the novel An Honorable Friend based upon a controversial affair which took place in the early 1960s in the wealthy village of Baarn.
Two teenage aristocratic brothers, Otto and Pieter, keep their friend Theo locked up in a turret because they’ll fear they’ll get into trouble if he is discovered. The police want to talk to Theo about the theft of a scooter, but the brothers also had him steal a valuable object for them – which he did in order to become their friend.
At first, the atmosphere is jovial: we’ve got someone in hiding, we can outsmart all of them. But hiding Theo becomes increasingly dangerous and the brothers are repeatedly confronted with this.
The situation becomes untenable; hiding becomes captivity. In the heat and isolation, things get more and more out of hand, until it all comes to a head in a brutal murder – of the wrong person. Unforgettable and chilling to the very last page.