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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

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Maxim Jakubowski's view...

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

This sprawling Swiss crime novel has taken Europe by storm and could well prove a similar phenomenon in its English language edition. The tale of a young writer and his complex entanglement with an older more established novelist who is now a main suspect in the death of a young woman who disappeared many years earlier, this is a story full of twists and is as much about crime as it is about the nature of friendship, creation, evil and lust. The plot advances with all the complicated paths of the branches of a tree, spreading in all directions, which might irritate many readers, but one always feels the author remains in control. Literary in its ambitions and popular in its scope, a major achievement and well worth the time.

May 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.

Sara Broadhurst's view...

From the publishers of Stieg Larsson comes a huge European bestseller which is being hailed as the new crime sensation! It is actually very good. Despite being nearly 700 pages it doesn’t feel long, indeed you will race through it at great speed. Covering a dual period of 1975 and 2008 it follows the illicit love between a successful novelist of 34 and a 15-year old girl. Oh yes, there is a Lolita feel to this but then she disappears. Thirty-five years later her body turns up and the novel changes gear, moving into the truly sensational, very impressive. This is small town mid-America with petty-minded people, prejudice and suspicion. Excellent.

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

When I finished The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair – at two in the morning – I was obliged to immediately smoke two cigarettes in sheer appreciation. It is the very definition of a thumping good read, a rollercoaster ride of dazzling plot turns and character shifts. And Joël Dicker saves the best till last – the final couple of chapters have enough twists to leave you standing on your head by the final page, as everything you thought you knew about each and every character goes flying out the window.

But the twists aren’t the half of it. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is crammed full of little ironies, inimitable characters you’ll love or love to hate, and pearls of wisdom on everything from love to boxing to writing. Dicker’s prose is fresh, breezy and perfectly paced, and you’ll need a heart of stone not to turn every page with a smile on your face. And the way the novel is put together, the book-within-a-book element, is as cunning as a fox who has just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is one of the best novels I’ve read in years, have ever read, perhaps. It left me with the feeling that the world was larger than I thought it was, that there were no limits to the imagination. It’s an astoundingly ambitious novel, and I love how Dicker just goes for it – there’s more twists here than a Kansas typhoon-storm, but you never feel for a moment that he’ll fail to pull it off. Chapeau!'
Paul Engles, Editor, The MacLehose Press

If you like Joel Dicker you might also like to read books by Michael Ridpath.

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Seldom can a new book in the crime genre have enjoyed such extravagant praise – and caused such bitter controversy; this weighty and unusual novel quickly accrued massive enthusiasm, against accusations that the book was being over-hyped. In August 1975, in Somerset New Hampshire, tyro author Harry Quebert falls in love with teenage Nola, but several weeks later her body is discovered in the grounds of his seaside home – along with a manuscript copy of his novel. He is the only suspect. Whichever camp – pro or con – you finally decide to come down on the side of, this remains a novel that deserves your attention.
~ The Good Book Guide


The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day a small New Hampshire town lost its innocence. That summer Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan.

Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard along with a manuscript copy of his career-defining novel. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protege - throws off his writer's block to clear his mentor's name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon blur together. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America'. But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems. Joel Dicker's phenomenal European bestseller is a brilliantly intricate murder mystery, a hymn to the boundless reaches of the imagination, and a love story like no other. Nothing you've read or even felt before can prepare you for The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair.


'A global phenomenon'
Le Monde

'All the ingredients of a world bestseller'
Die Zeit

'A great noir'
Corriere della Sera

About the Author

Joel Dicker

Joel Dicker was born in Geneva in 1985, where he studied Law. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair was nominated for the Prix Goncourt and won the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Academie Francaise and the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens.

Sam Taylor is a novelist and journalist who has lived in France for more than a decade. His first literary translation was Laurence Binet's bestselling HHhH, which was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Author photo © Caroline Forbes

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1st May 2014


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