De Hahn applied the Page 69 Test to Swiss Vendetta and reported the following:
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“He was a good man, and he loved his sons. Remember that. And he was so proud of you.”Above is the first twenty-five percent of the sixty-ninth page of Swiss Vendetta. The mystery at the heart of the book centers on the stabbing death of an art appraiser on the lawn of Château Vallotton in Switzerland. The main character, police inspector Agnes Lüthi, is called to the scene on her first day at work after the death of her husband and it turns out to be a very unusual day, even for the Violent Crimes division. When an ice storm of historic proportion descends, she is trapped, along with her colleagues and the suspects, as the power goes out and the roads close.
“Don’t say things to make me feel better. I won’t have it.”
“He was proud of you.”
“You didn’t even know George.” Her voice quavered. She remembered Carnet arriving at the scene seconds after her: taking charge, making sure she was away before she learned more of the horrific detail of the drop from the bridge onto the road; before hysteria could settle in.
Agnes’s quest to find the murderer is at the heart of the book, however, on a different level Swiss Vendetta is about her internal struggle to understand her husband’s suicide. His death has caused Agnes to question her own actions and those of everyone she knows and the passage on page sixty nine centers on that theme. The dialogue on this page is between Agnes and her colleague Robert Carnet. They are discussing Agnes’s husband George and we understand her determination to separate home life from work, at the same time we know that it might not be possible.
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