JEDEDIAH BERRY, THE MANUAL OF DETECTION

Echoes of Borges and Terry Gilliam abound in Jedediah Berry's brilliant debut, a literary detective thriller set in a city where the rain never stops; criminals invade dreams; and secret subway lines, underworld carnivals, and ancient mummies are strictly routine.

Manualofdetection

__The Manual of Detection

by Jedediah Berry [Penguin Press, $26]__

Echoes of Borges and Terry Gilliam abound in Jedediah Berry's brilliant debut, a literary detective thriller set in a city where the rain never stops; criminals invade dreams; and secret subway lines, underworld carnivals, and ancient mummies are strictly routine. Edward Gorey fans will slit their wrists with glee. Timothy Hodler

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