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The Manual of Detection

by Jedediah Berry

Charles Unwin toils as a clerk at a huge, imperious detective agency located in an unnamed city always slick with rain. When Travis Sivart, the agency’s most illustrious detective, is murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted and must embark on an utterly bizarre quest for the missing investigator that leads him into the darkest corners of his soaking, somnolent city. What ensues is a noir fantasy of exquisite craftsmanship, as taut as it is mind- blowing, that draws readers into a dream world that will change what they think about how they think.

“This debut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Wes Anderson were to adapt Kafka.” – The New Yorker


26 January, 2010

About Jedediah Berry

Jedediah Berry was raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. His first novel, The Manual of Detection, won the IAFA Crawford Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize, and was adapted for broadcast by BBC Radio. The book was named a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award finalist and a Locus Award finalist. It has been published in a dozen languages. His short fiction appears online at and Interfictions; in the journals Conjunctions, Unstuck, Massachusetts Review, Chicago Review, and Fairy Tale Review, among others; and in anthologies including Best American Fantasy, Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade, Salon Fantastique, and Cape Cod Noir. He is an associate editor of Conjunctions, and he has served on the editorial staff of presses and publications including PEN America, jubilat, and Small Beer Press. He has taught at Bard College and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets & Writers. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and teaches at the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College.


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