The Manual of Detection

The Manual of Detection

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qThis debut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Wes Anderson were to adapt Kafka.q --The New Yorker Reminiscent of imaginative fiction from Jorge Luis Borges to Jasper Fforde yet dazzlingly original, The Manual of Detection marks the debut of a prodigious young talent. Charles Unwin toils as a clerk at a huge, imperious detective agency located in an unnamed city always slick with rain. When Travis Sivart, the agency's most illustrious detective, is murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted and must embark on an utterly bizarre quest for the missing investigator that leads him into the darkest corners of his soaking, somnolent city. What ensues is a noir fantasy of exquisite craftsmanship, as taut as it is mind- blowing, that draws readers into a dream world that will change what they think about how they think.Unwin described the gambling tables, the alarm clocks, her own performance, which seemed somehow to draw the ... In a moment the remnants were only a few strides behind him; they whooped into the rain, thrilling to the pursuit.

Title:The Manual of Detection
Author:Jedediah Berry
Publisher:Penguin - 2009-02-19


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