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The Manual of Detection

The Manual of Detection

(2009)
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In this tightly plotted yet mind- expanding debut novel, an unlikely detective, armed only with an umbrella and a singular handbook, must untangle a string of crimes committed in and through people's dreams

In an unnamed city always slick with rain, Charles Unwin toils as a clerk at a huge, imperious detective agency. All he knows about solving mysteries comes from the reports he's filed for the illustrious detective Travis Sivart. When Sivart goes missing and his supervisor turns up murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted to detective, a rank for which he lacks both the skills and the stomach. His only guidance comes from his new assistant, who would be perfect if she weren't so sleepy, and from the pithy yet profound Manual of Detection (think The Art of War as told to Damon Runyon).

Unwin mounts his search for Sivart, but is soon framed for murder, pursued by goons and gunmen, and confounded by the infamous femme fatale Cleo Greenwood. Meanwhile, strange and troubling questions proliferate: why does the mummy at the Municipal Museum have modern- day dental work? Where have all the city's alarm clocks gone? Why is Unwin's copy of the manual missing Chapter 18?

When he discovers that Sivart's greatest cases - including the Three Deaths of Colonel Baker and the Man Who Stole November 12th - were solved incorrectly, Unwin must enter the dreams of a murdered man and face a criminal mastermind bent on total control of a slumbering city.

The Manual of Detection will draw comparison to every work of imaginative fiction that ever blew a reader's mind - from Carlos Ruiz Zafón to Jorge Luis Borges, from The Big Sleep to The Yiddish Policeman's Union. But, ultimately, it defies comparison; it is a brilliantly conceived, meticulously realized novel that will change what you think about how you think.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: The Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
ISBN: 0-434-01945-3 / 978-0-434-01945-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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February 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
ISBN: 1-59420-211-7 / 978-1-59420-211-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
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Paperback Editions

January 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
ISBN: 0-09-953385-5 / 978-0-09-953385-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
ISBN: 0-14-311651-7 / 978-0-14-311651-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
ISBN: 0-434-01946-1 / 978-0-434-01946-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

February 2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
ISBN: 1-59887-870-0 / 978-1-59887-870-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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February 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Manual of Detection
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Manual of Detection: A Novel
Author(s): Jedediah Berry
Publisher: Penguin Books
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