Author(s): Nigel Cox
Responsibility is a darkly comic thriller set in contemporary Berlin. Martin Rumsfield, an international museums expert from New Zealand, is feeling hemmed in by the pressures of work and the demands of family. When a shady character from his past turns up with a sure-fire plan to scam the scammers, Martin is seduced by the glamour of a walk on the wild side. Then, in a shattering moment, he realises that he has put what he values most at deadly risk. Responsibility is written with delicious ironic awareness of the hardboiled detective fiction clichÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ©s which lie behind every twist and turn. But a darker undercurrent of moral consequence is never far from the surface, and it is this that finally returns Martin from self-indulgent fantasy to a deep appreciation that in steady embrace of his responsibilities lies the promise of a richer, truer life.
Inscribed by Nigel Cox on title page
Runner-up for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2006.
Nigel Cox was born in 1951 in Pahiatua and grew up in Masterton and the Hutt Valley. His early working life reads like a novelist trying to find his way: advertising account executive, assembly line worker at Ford, deck hand, coalman, door-to-door turkey salesman, driver, bookseller and freelance writer. In 1995 he became Senior Writer for Te Papa Tongarewa. With Ken Gorbey he led the project team that created the Jewish Museum, Berlin. After the museum opened he was Head of Exhibitions and Education. Responsibility is Cox?s fifth novel, following Waiting For Einstein (1984), Dirty Work (1987), Skylark Lounge (2000) and Tarzan Presley (2004). In 1991 he was the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton. He is married and has three children. Since 2000 he and his family have lived in Berlin but they return to New Zealand permanently in April.