The Manual of DetectionUnknown - 2009
In this tightly plotted yet mind- expanding debut novel, an unlikely detective, armed only with an umbrella and a singular handbook, must untangle a string of crimes committed in and through peoples dreams In an unnamed city always slick with rain, Charles Unwin toils as a clerk at a huge, imperious detective agency. All he knows about solving mysteries comes from the reports hes filed for the illustrious detective Travis Sivart. When Sivart goes missing and his supervisor turns up murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted to detective, a rank for which he lacks both the skills and the stomach. His only guidance comes from his new assistant, who would be perfect if she werent so sleepy, and from the pithy yet profound Manual of Detection(think The Art of Waras told to Damon Runyon). Unwin mounts his search for Sivart, but is soon framed for murder, pursued by goons and gunmen, and confounded by the infamous femme fatale Cleo Greenwood. Meanwhile, strange and troubling questions proliferate: why does the mummy at the Municipal Museum have modern- day dental work? Where have all the citys alarm clocks gone? Why is Unwins copy of the manual missing Chapter 18? When he discovers that Sivarts greatest cases including the Three Deaths of Colonel Baker and the Man Who Stole November 12thwere solved incorrectly, Unwin must enter the dreams of a murdered man and face a criminal mastermind bent on total control of a slumbering city. The Manual of Detectionwill draw comparison to every work of imaginative fiction that ever blew a readers mindfrom Carlos Ruiz Zafón to Jorge Luis Borges, from The Big Sleepto The Yiddish Policemans Union. But, ultimately, it defies comparison; it is a brilliantly conceived, meticulously realized novel that will change what you think about how you think.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
Branch Call Number: MF Berr
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 24 cm.