Winner of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2007, category Preis der Jugendjury
From the author of The Book Thief comes this darkly funny and ultimately uplifting thriller which proves that anyone can be extraordinary. Ed Kennedy is just your less-than-average Joe who is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. But after he single-handedly manages to catch a bank robber, he receives a playing card in the mail: the Ace of Diamonds. This is the first message. Four more will follow. But before this particular card game can end, Ed will be changed forever . . . Will Audrey love the man he has become?
"Zusak's fascination with morality and culpability is writ large throughout this pacy page turner" CSMA Club Magazine 20150109
Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including I Am the Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.