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The BookBrowse Review

Published May 21, 2014

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Book Jacket

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
A Novel
by Joel Dicker
27 May 2014
656 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN-13: 9780143126683
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August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country's most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms. But Marcus's plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan - with whom, he admits, he had an affair.

As the national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation, following a trail of clues through his mentor's books, the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, and the hidden history of Somerset's citizens and the man they hold most dear. To save Harry, his own writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a book to save someone's life?

A chart-topping worldwide phenomenon, with sales approaching a million copies in France alone and rights sold in more than thirty countries, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, by a dazzling young writer.

"Starred Review. An ambitious, multilayered novel of suspense... This tale of fame, friendship, loyalty, and fiction versus reality moves at warp speed." - Publishers Weekly

"Dicker keeps the prose simple and the pace snappy in a plot that winds up with more twists than a Twizzler... [An] entertaining debut thriller." - Kirkus

"The cleverest, creepiest book you'll read this year... Very few foreign-language novels make big waves in Anglophone countries, but this one seems genuinely likely to buck the trend." - The Telegraph (UK)

"If you dip your toes into this major novel, you're finished: you won't be able to keep from sprinting through to the last page. You will be manipulated, thrown off course, flabbergasted and amazed by the many twists and turns, red herrings and sudden changes of direction in this exuberant story." - Le Journal du Dimanche (France)

"A funny, intelligent, breathtaking book within a book...There is a real joy in discovering this extraordinary novel." - Lire (France)

"A master stroke... A crime novel with not one plot line but many, full of shifting rhythms, changes of course and multiple layers that, like a Russian doll, slot together beautifully." - L'Express (France)

"The success story of the literary season... An American thriller reminiscent of the best work of Truman Capote." - Paris-Match

"Dizzying, like the best American thrillers... Rich in subplots and twists, moving backwards and forwards in time, containing books within books." - Le Figaro

"After The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, the contemporary novel will no longer be the same. Verdict: summa cum laude... A beautiful novel." - Corriere della Sera (Italy)

"Brilliantly narrated." - Stern (Germany)

"A novel with all the ingredients of a global bestseller." - Die Zeit (Switzerland)

"A story brimming with such intelligence and subtlety that you can only regret that it has to end. A novel that works on so many levels: a crime story, a love story, a comedy of manners, but equally an incisive critique of the art of the modern author." - Elsevier (Holland)

"Packed with action, psychological drama and... extraordinary suspense." - NRC Handelsblad
"Wonderful dialogue, colorful characters, breathtaking twists and a plot that allows no pause for breath... Everything is perfectly woven together to create an irresistible story in which absolutely nothing is as it seems." - Trouw (Holland)

"Never have I felt so compelled to recommend a book this highly... I was mesmerized and fascinated long after I had finished reading." - La Vanguardia (Spain)

"This book will be celebrated and studied by future writers. It is a model thriller." - El Periódico de Catalunya (Spain)

Joel Dicker was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied law. He spent childhood summers in New England, particularly in Stonington and Bar Harbor, Maine. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair won three French literary prizes, including the Grand Prix du Roman from the Académie Française, and was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt. Dicker lives in Geneva.

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