Dr. Spaak is a surgeon of extraordinary skill. He can change a man's appearance to such a degree that even his mother will not be able to recognize him. The book follows several characters as they try to unravel the ominous events surrounding the doctor. The truth hides behind "Spaak & Stix", a company that painlessly and instantaneously sends its clients to the next world after filling out the corresponding form and paying a small fee, of course. The novella was first serialized in abridged form in the journal "Nakaduli" in 1991.