The Drowned Detective

The Drowned Detective

by Neil Jordan


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"An exceedingly deft crime novel that tantalizes us with noir mystery and foreboding, and with the ghostly humanity of the detective himself. It's very compelling reading." —Richard Ford

Jonathan is a private detective in a decaying eastern European city. He is drowning in his work, his failing marriage, and the corrupt landscape that surrounds him. One day, he is approached by an elderly couple to investigate the disappearance of their daughter, who has been missing for nearly two decades. Troubled by the faded photograph of a little girl the couple presses on him—she's the same age as his own daughter—he feels compelled to find her. Then one night, as he is contemplating his troubled marriage, he encounters a young woman crouched at the foot of a stone angel on the bridge spanning the river that divides the city, a woman who suddenly jumps into the icy water below. Plunging after her, Jonathan finds himself dragged into her ghostly world of confusion, coincidence, and intrigue, and the city he thought he knew becomes strange, mysterious, and threatening.

Combining the language and imagery of film with those of an extremely gifted writer, Neil Jordan has created a haunting novel that intrigues, delights, and surprises with its precise language, sly humor, imaginative range, and narrative flair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408865163
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Neil Jordan was born in Sligo and lives in Dublin. His first book of stories, Night in Tunisia, won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1979, and his subsequent critically acclaimed novels include The Past, Sunrise with Sea Monster, Shade, and Mistaken. His films have won multiple awards, including an Academy Award (The Crying Game), a Golden Bear at Venice (Michael Collins), a Silver Bear at Berlin (The Butcher Boy), and several BAFTAS (Mona Lisa and The End of the Affair).


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