The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau

The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau

Graeme Macrae Burnet


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By a Booker Prize nominee and an internationally bestselling author: a captivating homage to Georges Simenon, an absorbing character study and a highly original detective story.

Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air.

When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate the girl’s disappearance, Manfred’s repressed world is shaken to its core and he is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past. The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a literary mystery novel that is, at heart, an engrossing psychological portrayal of an outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.


Graeme Macrae Burnet:
  • From an internationally bestselling, prize-winning author, an unusual, multi-translated detective novel that has captivated audiences around the world.
  • Immersive, page-turning literary fiction that pulls you into its small-town world in mid-twentieth-century France.
  • A compelling character study that will be devoured and loved by any reader who has ever felt, like its protagonist, socially awkward.