The Manual of Detection – Jedediah Berry

11 Jun


This was a fine detective novel that had a tinge of the Sherlock Holmes about it, if it was written from the perspective of Watson. Having read ‘The Big Sleep’ by Raymond Chandler earlier in the year I could also hear some of that film noir style of writing, which is no bad thing.

The story focuses on Charles Unwin, a clerk for the ‘Agencies’ star detective Travis T Sivart. However when Sivart goes missing it is up to the newly promoted Unwin to understand the rules of detection and uncover the mystery.

The plot descends into quite a surreal world blurring the lines between reality and fantasy in a way that echoed Inception to me.  It build into a bit of a reveal but, while enjoyable, I’m not sure it packed the punch it promised.  Still, it certainly had its moments along the way.

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