The Man From Primrose Lane By James Renner (The Text Publishing Company, $37)
Reviewed by Helen Lehndorf
In the opening of this book – a grisly and strange murder is being investigated. True crime writer, David Neff is locked in grief after the suicide of his wife then a friend tries to interest him in investigating the grisly murder and soon, against his better judgement, Neff gets enmeshed in the unravelling of the crime. What begins as a seemingly straightforward crime novel plot soon becomes a confusing, yet exhilarating labyrinth…a kind of ‘Russian Doll’ of a plot where you are not quite sure which layer of the narrative you are being shown.
This book is a real challenge to review, because to discuss the plot too much will spoil the surprising and genre-bending elements of the book for the reader. The marketing of this book is interesting. My review copy came with a statement from the author, of which I’m not sure it helps or hinders the experience of reading the book….Renner (more or less) encourages the reader to google him and hints at the idea this fictional book may contain some elements of non-fiction. What a tease! Renner, like the book’s protaganist, is a true crime writer. Read more »