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The Accident on the A35

Graeme Macrae Burnet


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There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death?

The troubled Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis.

Graeme Macrae Burnet returns with a literary mystery that will beguile fans of His Bloody Project and The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau. Darkly humorous, subtle and sophisticated, The Accident on the A35 burrows deep into the psyches of its characters and explores the forgotten corners of small-town life.

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The Accident on the A35

About the author

Graeme Macrae Burnet

Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents. Born and brought up in Kilmarnock, he spent some years working as an English teacher in Prague, Bordeaux, Porto and London, before returning to Glasgow and working for eight years for various independent television companies. He has degrees in English Literature and International Security Studies from Glasgow and St Andrews universities respectively.

His first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (Contraband, 2014), received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was a cult hit. Set in small-town France, it is a compelling psychological portrayal of a peculiar outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.

His second novel, His Bloody Project, concerns a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish Highland community during the 1860s. Lauded by critics and hugely popular with readers, His Bloody Project won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the LA Times Book Awards. It has been published around the world.

Graeme’s third novel, The Accident on the A35, will be published in October 2017.

Praise for His Bloody Project:

“A smart amalgam of legal thriller and literary game that reads as if Umberto Eco has been resurrected in the 19th-century Scottish Highlands.” – Mark Lawson, Guardian

“A spellbinding piece of serious new fiction…Riveting, dark and ingeniously constructed.” Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times

“An astonishing piece of writing.” Jake Kerridge, Telegraph

“This is a fiendishly readable tale that richly deserves the wider attention the Booker has brought it.” Justine Jordan, Guardian

“Masterly use of the narrative form.” New York Times

Praise for The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau:

“A strikingly singular talent, Burnet blends a gripping story with compelling characters and surprising sweeps of the imagination. This is an accomplished, elegantly written and exciting first novel.’” Will Mackie, Booktrust

The List’s Top 20 Scottish Books of 2014

“This psychological thriller is the Scottish answer to the Scandinavian crime wave.” Leila Cruickshank, Scottish Booktrust Summer Sizzlers

“Intelligent and stylish.””– Jen Bowden, The List

“”Burnet skilfully knits together a solid detective story and a compelling character study to make a captivating psychological thriller…. … Very accessible and thoroughly satisfying.” Alastair Mabbott, The Herald

“A deeply atmospheric read.… Of all the notable achievements in The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau the most outstanding is the style of the storytelling. In Graeme Macrae Burnet, we have a refreshing new storyteller, one who presents his morbidly interestingly tales in a most assured and riveting fashion.” Scottish Books