Frederik Baas is the pseudonym of Jan van Mersbergen (b. 1971). He made his debut as a crime writer with Diary From the River (2017), followed a year later by Herberekening (Recalculation). The Last Straw is his third thriller. Van Mersbergen’s work has been published in translation in France, Germany, Britain, Spain, Catalonia, Turkey, Lebanon, Serbia and Slovenia. Two of his novels have been filmed: Naar de overkant van de nacht (To the Other Side of the Night, Pupkin Movies) and Tomorrow Pamplona (BBC).