The Accident on the A35 (Paperback)Graeme Macrae Burnet (author)
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There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death?
The troubled Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis.
Graeme Macrae Burnet returns with a literary mystery that will beguile fans of His Bloody Project and The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau. Darkly humorous, subtle and sophisticated, The Accident on the A35 burrows deep into the psyches of its characters and explores the forgotten corners of small-town life.
Ex-Waterstones bookseller Graeme Macrae Burnet provoked a literary sensation on the publication of his masterful, multi-viewpoint tale, seeing His Bloody Project not only shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 but going on to hold the public vote until ultimately pipped by Paul Beatty's satire The Sellout. You can read our Q&A with Graeme here.
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Highly accomplished, The Accident on the A35 works on several levels... The narration has the simple momentum of classic crime writing... It has a denouement like something out of Greek tragedy but delivers as a proper police procedural too... Burnet's cleverness doesn't get in the way of your enjoyment but playfully adds levels of meaning.' - Anthony Cummins, Observer
'[A] truly superlative tale... fascinating... one of the most clever and compelling novels to be published this year.' - Lesley McDowell, Herald
'As steeped in the works of Simenon as a good boeuf bourgignon is in red wine. The characters' pretensions are mercilessly exposed in frill-free prose... What matters, of course, is whether a novel's characters seem to the reader to be alive. Burnet's do.' - Jake Kerridge, Telegraph
'There are so many echoes of French writers in this book... [Raymond] is a fantastic depiction of the typical alienated teenager.' - Alex Clark, BBC Radio 4 Open Book
'Simenon fans will feel at home in the claustrophobic and petty-minded atmosphere of the French provinces.' - The Times
'Elegant, craftily written and frequently funny.' - Phil Miller, Herald
'Clever, meandering and oh, so French... Burnet really has - a rare thing nowadays - a novelist's eye... I confess myself seduced by the atmosphere of provincial ennui. I longed to shrug gallically at a detective through a haze of cigarette smoke, to pour myself a drink from a cut-glass decanter, to drive to the next town to make acrobatic love to a beautiful...I'm getting carried away.' - James Marriott, The Times
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“Seriously underwhelmed ”
A big fan of 'His Bloody Project', I was very disappointed with this book. Maybe it was rushed to 'cash in' (not necessarily from the author). It meanders along the streets of St. Louis as if the... More
“A shining gem of a book.”
Graeme Macrae Burnet’s writing always transports me to my happy place. After reading and loving The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, I knew I had to read more of Inspector Georges Gorski and his life in the sleepy... More
Macrae Burnet has a wonderful writing style particularly around environment and the small details of life which make you feel part of Saint-Louis and the petty slights visited on Inspector Gorski, and at times I... More
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