In the nineteen-sixties, in a civilized city in proper little Switzerland, a mysterious murder happens which takes twenty years to solve. The main characters are four old friends who meet regularly to play cards: Arnold Wiederkehr, detective; Franz Filbert, left-wing politician and journalist – the murder victim; Wilhelm Brauer, successful attorney; Arthur Stöckli, zoo keeper. Wiederkehr has taken early retirement and now lives in a remote village in southern Switzerland. In a comprehensive report for the prosecution he describes how he solved the Filbert case.
Andreas Pritzker, born in 1945, is a Swiss physicist and author. He has published the following texts: Filberts Verhängnis (novel, 1990), Das Ende der Täuschung (novel, 1993), Eingeholte Zeit (narrative, 2001), Die Anfechtungen des Juan Zinniker (novel, 2007), Allenthalben Lug und Trug (novel, 2010), Geschichte des SIN (science history, 2013). He also co-edited a number of oral history texts.