The Manual of Detection
By Jedediah Berry
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143116516, 278pp.
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
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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.