“The whole is both a classy detective story and a stylish meditation on agency and existence. If Roland Barthes … had written a detective novel, then this would be it.” – Literary Review
“An immensely satisfying literary thriller: subtly observed, psychologically acute and extremely droll.” – Irish Times
“Unflashy yet highly accomplished, The Accident on the A35 works on several levels.” – The Observer
“Reads like a lavishly detailed, psychologically accurate, intelligent, well-plotted, unsimple Simenon.” – David Robinson, Books from Scotland
“There did not appear to be anything remarkable about the accident on the A35.”
When Inspector Georges Gorski visits the wife of a lawyer killed in a road accident, the case seems quite routine. But one question dogs the troubled detective: where had the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death?
Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis.
The Accident on the A35 is the follow-up to The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau and the second part of a projected Saint-Louis trilogy.
“Graeme Macrae Burnet’s best book yet . . . The Accident works perfectly as a page-turning crime fiction, but it’s also moody and Gallic and wittily deadly serious.” – Chris Dolan
“What The Accident on the A35 undoubtedly shows, especially when taken with his previous work, is a writer engaged with what he does, and committed to how he does it. If His Bloody Project introduced you to Graeme Macrae Burnet then now is the time to cement the relationship as it’s one which promises ever greater rewards.” – Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae
You can listen to me chatting to Alistair Braidwood about The Accident and other things here.