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The Man from Primrose Lane

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January 2013 Debut of the Month.

This part crime novel, part sci-fi book is highly recommended - but it’s one where you really don’t want to know too much of the plot or a lot of the book is spoilt. It’s devious, dark, and audacious and definitely worth a read.

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Synopsis

The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner

Rewind - Once upon a time in Ohio there lived an elderly recluse, 'the man from Primrose Lane'. He had no friends or family. He wore mittens all year round. And one summers day, he was murdered. Fast-Forward - Bestselling author David Neff is a broken man, lonely, desolate and lost ever since his wife's suicide. But something about the man from Primrose Lane grabs his attention and he decides to investigate the mystery - only to be dragged back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. Replay - As David gets closer to uncovering the true identity of the man from Primrose Lane, he begins to understand the terrible power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the hermit and his beloved wife.

Reviews

The Man from Primrose Lane is exceptional; demanding, bold and yet with a underlying subtlety that belies its power, it will hook you in and make you watch - a thrilling mystery that manages to hit all the right notes. * SF Book Reviews * Will keep your brain going round in circles ... a wonderful fusion of crime and science fiction. * Curiosity Killed the Bookworm * Engrossing, entertainingly complex and worth a read. * SFX Magazine * A well-told story filled with darkness, horror, humor and surprising tenderness. And that's just the first part. There is a moment in this novel when the story moves in a way so unexpected I actually had to put it down and catch my breath. Go ahead, see what I mean. I'll wait here for you. -- Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. The Man from Primrose Lane is a haunting, wickedly clever book. Part Dennis Lehane and part Murakami, the twist of H. P. Lovecraft mixed in gives it a taste like no other. James Renner starts off his fiction career with a bang. -- Jonathan Carroll, author of The Ghost In Love Intricate plot; fantastic finish; compelling characters... absolutely brilliant. * SF Signal * Fascinating and unpredictable, with shades of Stephen King and HP Lovecraft as well as Douglas Adams, this debut novel never loses touch with the human story of loss, guilt and fate that is at its core. -- Laura Wilson * The Guardian *


About the Author

James Renner

James Renner is the author of two books of nonfiction that detail his adventures in investigative journalism: Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer's Apprentice. His work has been featured in Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Ohio.

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Book Info

Publication date

17th January 2013

Author

James Renner

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Horror
Crime / Mystery
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Science fiction

ISBN

9781472100146

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