'Easily his most enjoyable book. Gathered at the North London funeral of Molly Lane - desirable, talented, dead at 46 of an unspecified, madness-inducing disease - are her unpopular widower George, a plutocratic publisher, and at least three of her lovers. Clive Linley is a successful but conservative composer.
Vernon Halliday is the latest editor of The Judge...then there is the Foreign Secretary, Julian Garmony...With its mixture of vitriol and lingering lust, the tone here is deftly set...Photographs come to light that show Garmony cross-dressing. Should Vernon publish his expose and destroy the political "enemy" or is Clive
correct that this betrays Molly, who took the snaps in private?...McEwan writes here with unobtrusive panache1 David Profumo, Daily Telegraph
'A psychologically brilliant study of heartlessness... superbly done...gripping...chilling...finely executed'
Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph
'Amsterdam is brilliantly engineered and marvellously
David Sexton, Evening Standard