This book is a slow burn, and most of the time, much like Gibson or Le Carré, you have little idea of what’s really happening, reading along trying to keep up.
Rudi is a cook in a future Europe in which the nation-state is a fragmentary being. Rudi is quiet, and stays out of trouble, and that attracts the mysterious courers to him, makes him a valuable asset.
Writers will want to read it to admire the craft of it. Readers will be sucked into the world he’s created and the subtle ennui of the courer. Everyone will love it.