Four men in their fifties meet at the funeral of their lover/wife. Vernon, a journalist, and Clive, a composer, are close friends; then there is Julian, who wants to be elected prime minister, and George, the mourning husband.
But Molly has also left photos behind, that may ruin Julian´s political career. Clive and Vernon do a lot of talking, remembering, feel old age creeping in, and, finally, they kill each other in Amsterdam, which conveniently provides a name for the novel.
The plot, again, is dull, but McEwan can make any story fascinating by his witty, ironic way of looking at people.