The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life - and to lose his unwanted innocence. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening - a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.
'The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense' Mail on Sunday 19980710
Ian McEwan has written two collection of short stories: First Love, Last Rites and In Between The Sheets, and ten novels: The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child In Time, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, Atonement and Saturday. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam. He has also written several film scripts, including The Imitation Game, The Plough man's Lunch, Sour Sweet, The Good Son and The Innocent.