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A Case of Matricide

In the unremarkable French town of Saint-Louis, a mysterious stranger stalks the streets; an elderly woman believes her son is planning to do away with her; a prominent manufacturer drops dead. Between visits to the town’s bars, Chief Inspector Georges Gorski mulls over the connections, if any, between these events, while all the time grappling with his own domestic and existential demons.

Graeme Macrae Burnet pierces the respectable bourgeois façade of small-town life in this deeply human story. He draws a wry humour from the tiniest of details and delves into the darkest recesses of his characters’ minds to present a fascinating puzzle that blurs the boundaries between suspect, investigator and reader in an entertaining, profound and moving novel.

Graeme Macrae Burnet
About the Author

Graeme Macrae Burnet was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and now lives in Glasgow. His Bloody Project, his second novel, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016, and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Awards 2017. His fourth novel, Case Study, was longlisted for the Booker Prize...

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‘Gripping and intelligent.’

‘Elegant, craftily written and frequently funny.’

‘A crime novel with post-modern flourishes… Beautifully observed…with understated humour… Wry, intelligent and a lot of fun.’

‘A stylish, atmospheric mystery with a startling twist … satisfies like Simenon and surprises like Ruth Rendell. I can’t give it any higher praise.’

‘A novel of mind-bending brilliance. Graeme Macrae Burnet is a master of muddying the waters, of troubling ideas of truth and identity, fiction and documentary, and Case Study shows him at the height of his powers.’

‘A disorienting, darkly funny novel, constructing a tale about the labyrinth of identity within the game-like frame of metafiction.’

‘A gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and gloriously written all in one tour-de-force of a book.’

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  • A Case of Matricide
    ISBN: 9781923059153
    8 October 2024
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