The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

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"New York Times "Bestseller
"Unimpeachably terrific." --"The New York Times Book Review"
One of "CBS This Morning"'s 6 "Must-Have Titles for Your Summer Reading List"
The publishing phenomenon topping bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than two million copies in Europe and rights sold in more than forty 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.
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--whom, he admits, he had an affair with. 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?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 918 pages
  • 147 x 218 x 46mm | 930g
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 1410472744
  • 9781410472748
  • 828,660

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Acclaim from Around the World for "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair"
"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"
"A funny, intelligent, breathtaking book within a book . . . There is a real joy in discovering this extraordinary novel." --"Lire"
"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 . . . In maestro form, Dicker alternates periods and genres (police reports, interviews, excerpts from novels) and explores America in all its excesses--media, literary, religious--all the while questioning the role of the literary writer.""--""L'Express"
"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"
"Narrative talent is about making a work of art out of life. Dicker has got it." --"Vanity Fair"
"A book within a book, a crime novel, a love story. Extraordinary." --"Cosmopolitan"
"Brilliantly narrated." --"Stern"
"A novel with all the ingredients of a global bestseller." --"Die Zeit"
"Never have I felt so compelled to recommend a book this highly. . . . I was mesmerized and fascinated long af
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About Joel Dicker

Joel Dicker was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he later 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 Academie Francaise, and was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt. It has sold more than two million copies across Europe. Dicker lives in Geneva.
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