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Four years after his wife’s unexplained suicide, true-crime writer David Neff is still shattered, still disengaged from life. Then a friend tries to interest him in the unsolved murder of a local recluse, and eventually David finds himself being drawn into the mystery.

Who was the old man? Why was he always seen, summer and winter, wearing mittens? Why does the physical evidence make no sense? And where do the recurring redheads fit in?

The closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the power of his own obsessions, and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and David’s beloved wife.

And then things start to get strange.

Beautifully written and magnificently resistant to categorisation, The Man from Primrose Lane is a novel of soaring imagination. It’s a nail-biting thriller, a story of bone-deep love and redemption, and a meditation on the nature of destiny. Not only will it leave you astonished and exhilarated - it may well become the most talked-about novel of the year.

©2012 James Renner (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Punctuated by moments of desperate tenderness, this unusually demanding and grim tale provokes troubling reflections on guilt and innocence, good and evil, revenge and redemption." (Publisher's Weekly)

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  • Nicholas
  • 05-29-15

Good but Complicated

I loved the idea of the book and the abrupt Change of direction halfway through. It was at times quite difficult to keep track of all the versions of the main character but I suppose that's to be expected of a book like this.

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  • Blair
  • 02-10-14


Well... as most other reviews i read before picking up the audio book i went in blind, very interesting and confusing the book starts of as a murder mystery then well.... i shall let you find out its very hard to say much as not to spoil the book.
I would say its a must to pick up and listen for one you will never of seen anything like it and two its a good conversational book although the book took a turn i wasn't fond off i still thoroughly enjoyed it Renner definitely deserves a high mark for pulling off this crazy plot line!