But in the manual of detection everything that happens in dreams can affect what happens in real life might even be happening in real life there is dream surveillance dream communication and there are dreams within dreams within dreams within dreams the dimensions of sleeping and dreaming that the book gets into are new and interesting. The manual of detection reads like the bastard love child of dashiell hammett and terry gilliam first time novelist jedediah berry stirs all the tropes of a hard boiled detective story with surrealistic fantasy elements to create a delightfully eccentric concoction that goes down easy despite the serious message at its core. This debut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if wes anderson were to adapt kafka the new yorkerreminiscent of imaginative fiction from jorge luis borges to jasper fforde yet dazzlingly original the manual of detection marks the debut of a prodigious young talent charles unwin toils as a clerk at a huge imperious detective agency located in an unnamed city . Thankfully it does it in a book as good as the manual of detection jedediah berry has an ear well tuned to the styles of the detective story and can reproduce atmosphere with loving skill. The manual of detection by jedediah berry penguin press 2595 from the classic tropes of the detective procedural this dbut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if
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