“A captivating psychological thriller . . . Very accessible and thoroughly satisfying.” – The Herald
Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But when she disappears, Manfred’s existence comes under the scrutiny of Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve his first murder cases. The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a literary crime novel that is, at heart, an engrossing psychological portrayal of an outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.
“Clever, playful and bleakly funny, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau has all the makings of a cult classic.” – Louise Hutcheson, ANovelBookblog
“Graeme Macrae Burnet creates true noir in the mysterious, funny and intelligent The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau.” – Books of the Year, The List, 2014
“A brilliantly crafted novel – a thriller that exudes French class and sophistication. A psychological thriller that has a very dark twist. My favourite novel of 2014!” – Luke Crabbe, Faber Factory Plus, Books of the Year
“An intelligent and stylish crime thriller” – The List
“This is a detective novel that predates modern forensic science, allowing for a character driven plot that is incredibly engaging. Rural France provides an alluring setting, while the writing is evocative and the characters intriguing. The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a great read.” – The Bookseller
“Most assured and riveting” – Scottish Books
“The novel moves at a smooth, easy-going pace, interspersed with scenes of caustic intensity and photographic precision . . . an absorbing and multi-layered read.”- Dundee University Review of the Arts
Here’s a video of me reading some extracts from the opening chapter:
The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is to be published in Australia/New Zealand by Text; in the US by Skyhorse; in Germany by Europa Verlag; in Italy by Neri Pozza and in France by Sonatine.
You can buy it here. Or download it here.
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What a fantastic book. I was so involved with the characters especially when I read about the sad life and death of its author. It seems there was a film made and shown once on British Tv by Antoine de Caune who I remember way back when he used to appear with John Paul Gaultier in a very risqué programme. Do you know where I can get this film?