The Accident on the A35
An Inspector Gorski Investigation
Graeme Macrae Burnet
- 240 Pages
- October 30, 2018
- ISBN: 9781628729832
- Trim Size: 5.500in x 8.250in
A GUARDIAN BEST CRIME AND THRILLER BOOK FOR 2017!
Longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for 2018!
The Accident on the A35 returns to the scene of Burnet’s accomplished first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau--the small French town of Saint-Louis. Detective Gorski is called away from his night of solitary drinking to the site of a car accident that left Bertrand Barthelme, a respected solicitor, dead. When the deceased's rather attractive wife suggests that the crash may not have been an accident, Gorski looks closer into Barthelme's circumspect movements on the night of his death. His investigation leads him to various bars, hotels, and brothels in the nearby city of Strasbourg. At the same time, Barthelme's rebellious son, drunk on Jean Paul Sartre novels, is conducting an investigation of his own. Their independent, dual inquiries lead the reader down a twisted road marked by seedy back rooms, bar brawls, and--as we have come to expect from Burnet--copious amounts of wine.
The Accident on the A35 is a darkly humorous, subtle, and sophisticated novel that burrows into the psyches of its characters and explores the dark corners of life in a sleepy town.
Man Booker-finalist Burnet’s smart, sharp follow-up to The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau offers a “lost” novel by fictional French writer Raymond Brunet (who anagram is hardly subtle), released by his estate after his suicide….Burnet elevates what starts as a Simenon pastiche into something dazzling. —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
The Man Booker Prize finalist (for His Bloody Project, 2015) spins another tale within a tale…. With or without the metafictional frame, an engaging tale of domestic intrigue in backwater France with two appealing detective figures. —Kirkus
"An accomplished, multilayered crime story set in France from the Booker-shortlisted Scottish author.. . . It has a denouement like something out of Greek tragedy but delivers as a proper police procedural."—The Guardian
"Far more than most crime books, this is very much a novel of character—particularly that of the wistful but tenacious Gorski . . . with its nostalgic echoes of crime fiction of the past and elegant, economical prose, it affords a variety of quiet and satisfying pleasures."—Financial Times
"It’s slow, atmospheric, often surprising, with a denouement which is beautifully under-played. One should also say it is daring . . . enjoyable, a very nice piece of craftsmanship."—Scotsman
"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, London Times
"Highly accomplished, The Accident on the A35 works on several levels... The narration has the simple momentum of classic crime writing.. . .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."—Times and Sunday Times Crime Club 'Picks of the Month'.
"Elegant, craftily written and frequently funny." —Phil Miller, Herald.