One morning in the park James Sim discovers a man, crumpled on the ground, stabbed in the chest. In the man's last breath, he whispers his confession: Samedi.
What follows is a spellbinding game of cat and mouse as James is abducted, brought to an asylum, and seduced by a woman in yellow. Who is lying? What is Samedi? And what will happen on the seventh day?
Ball has an original voice; much of the novel is delivered in spare, mannered paragraphs. It owes a bit to nouveau roman, the French literary movement, and even more to expressionismin the verisylum, all the maids are named Grieve as well, and the house cat changes names depending on its behavior. Conventional mystery fans may find the fugue-world of Samedi the Deafness more admirable than enjoyable, but Ball has hidden a real story in his house of mirrors for those with the patience to explore it.