The Manual of Detection - Jedediah Berry

I'll be the first to admit that I am happiest when I've got a routine. I abhor surprises, and I tend to get twitchy when I'm not sure where I'm going or what to expect when I get there. Charles Unwin, protagonist of Jedediah Berry's remarkable debut novel The Manual of Detection, is a man after my own heart. When he is suddenly plucked from his quiet, methodical, happy life of clerking for the most famous detective in the city and actually made a detective himself, Unwin becomes a man on a mission: Get life back to normal, and pronto. On his quest, he finds out that all is not as it seems: The cases his missing detective got credit for were solved incorrectly, he doesn't know who to trust, and his narcoleptic assistant isn't much help. As the mystery deepens (Why are all the alarm clocks being stolen? Who is the woman with the mirror-gray eyes who keeps turning up everywhere? Why won't it stop raining?) you'll be drawn inexorably into its complex and shocking conclusion.

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ISBN: 9780143116516
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Published: Penguin Books - January 26th, 2010

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