Hardback The truth about the Harry Quebert affair / by Joel Dicker ; translated by Sam Taylor.
Publication year: 2014
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780857053091 (hbk.) :
Translated from the French.
August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day a small New Hampshire town lost its innocence. That summer Harry Quebert fell in love with 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. 33 years later, her body is dug up from his yard along with a manuscript copy of his career-defining novel. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protege - throws off his writer's block to save his mentor from the electric chair. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon blur together. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America'. But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.
688 pages ; 24 cm
“It’s complicated, Marcus.” And it is! Until this literary detective novel runs out of suspects, the plotting is expertly handled, while the telling of the story through rapid and multiple time-shifts over a period of thirty-plus years is very clever, indeed. It is a literary detective story in two senses. First, threaded into the story of the murders, thirty-plus years earlier, of fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan and an elderly female neighbour is an effort by the new literary star, Marcus Goldman, to cure his own writer’s block by writing up his and Detective Perry Gahalowood’s investigation into the Harry Quebert affair, that is, the arrest of Quebert for the two murders. Second, the investigation becomes a search for the meaning of a literary masterpiece, specifically a novel enigmatically entitled “The Origin of Evil”, published by Goldman’s mentor, Harry Quebert. A version of the novel is found with Nola Kellergan’s corpse when it is discovered three decades later, buried in