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Wit's End

(2008)
(The Case of the Imaginary Detective)
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If you loved The Jane Austen Book Club, you'll revel in Wit's End, a sly and clever novel of mystery, intrigue, and virtual reality.

W it's End is many things: a quest novel - a young woman's search for the truth about her dead father's past; a mystery - the story of a long-ago murder in which that father might have been complicit; and a game - one that ensnares readers in cunning deceptions, challenging them to separate the true from the fictive.

Set in contemporary Santa Cruz, the novel centers on Rima Lanisell, a young woman at loose ends, having just lost her father to cancer. (Rima seems to lose people and things habitually - sunglasses and car keys, lovers and family members.) Now she has come to coastal California at the behest of her godmother, Addison Early, who once knew Rima's father well. Perhaps too well. Rima is on a mission to discover just what that relationship was really about.

Addison, a bestselling mystery writer, is secretive and feisty. Over the years, she has tried to protect her work and her privacy as her passionate fans have become ever more intrusive. In this age of the Internet, with its blogs, chat rooms, websites, its Wikipedia, false personas, and hidden identities, those fans have begun to take over the plot lines and the life of her famous fictional detective. For many, he is more real than Addison herself. So Wit's End is also a highly inventive take on the way dedicated readers appropriate their favorite books, perhaps the one act of theft applauded the world over - except by authors.

Above all, Wit's End is Karen Joy Fowler at her most subversive and witty, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is uniquely and memorably her own.

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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-670-91597-1 / 978-0-670-91597-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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January 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-4084-1463-5 / 978-1-4084-1463-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGO Limited
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September 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wit's End (Basic)
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-4104-0908-2 / 978-1-4104-0908-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wit's End
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-399-15475-2 / 978-0-399-15475-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-241-97346-5 / 978-0-241-97346-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wit's End: A Novel
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-452-29006-6 / 978-0-452-29006-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective [Large Print]: 16 Point
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-4445-0004-X / 978-1-4445-0004-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Royal National Institute of Blind People
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-14-102356-2 / 978-0-14-102356-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-4084-1464-3 / 978-1-4084-1464-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGO Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective (large Print): 16 Point
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-85878-854-4 / 978-1-85878-854-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Royal National Institute of Blind People
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December 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective [Braille]: Grade 2
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-85878-853-6 / 978-1-85878-853-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Royal National Institute of Blind People
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August 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-670-91775-3 / 978-0-670-91775-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: VIKING
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May 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Case of the Imaginary Detective, The
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-670-91760-5 / 978-0-670-91760-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Audio Editions

January 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Wit's End
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Wit's End
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-14-314322-0 / 978-0-14-314322-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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April 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Wit's End
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-4332-4354-7 / 978-1-4332-4354-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wit's End
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-4332-4355-5 / 978-1-4332-4355-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Wit's End
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-4332-4356-3 / 978-1-4332-4356-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Case of the Imaginary Detective
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wit's End: A Novel
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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