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The Manual of Detection

By Jedediah Berry
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry digital book - Fable

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"This debut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Wes Anderson were to adapt Kafka." --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.

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26 Reviews

3.5
“Delightfully strange.”
“Definitely one of my favorite top 10 books that I’ve ever read! Full of intrigue and imagination. I’m going to pass it along to all my friends. Worth the time to read, loved it!”
“I was excited to read this book as we're from the same state and close in area, but this book was incredibly boring and after closing my eyes while reading several times, I couldn't finish it.”

About Jedediah Berry

Jedediah Berry’s short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New American Voices and Best American Fantasy. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he works as assistant editor of Small Beer Press.

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