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The Case of the Imaginary Detective

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The Case of the Imaginary Detective is a slyly humorous book that is low on blood but filled with verve and insight. Karen Joy Fowler smartly captures the offbeat rhythms of Santa Cruz, with its aging hippies, territorial surfers, and spiritual transients as much a part of the local ecology as the sprawling forests and tumultuous surf. Set against this colourful backdrop is the story of a young woman whose life has been beset by loss. Rima's investigation is as much an exploration of herself and the grief she has yet to come to terms with as it is of her father's history with Addison. But what Rima discovers provides much-needed answers for Addison as well, allowing them both to put the past to rest and begin looking to the future. At the age of twenty-nine, Rima Lanisell is the sole surviving member of her family. Her mother died when she was a teenager, her father only recently, and in between came the death that cut deepest, that of her bold and mischievous younger brother, Oliver. Alone and unmoored, Rima accepts an invitation to join her estranged godmother, Addison Early, at Addison's majestic Victorian home in Santa Cruz, California. Known as Wit's End, the house is situated on the eroding cliffs that overlook a town still known to many as the 'Murder Capital of the World,' though the serial killers and Hollywood vampires that inspired the title are now decades in the past. Also in the past is the story of Addison's relationship with Rima's father, Bim, and the events that led to a decades-long silence between them. Murder, however, is alive and well at Wit's End, in the form of the miniature crime scenes that populate every room of the house. These macabre dollhouses are the launching point for the investigations of Maxwell Lane, the fictional detective who is the hero of Addison's wildly successful series of mystery novels. Bim appeared in one of these novels years ago, as a character best remembered for murdering his wife with a poison-clawed cat. Rima has long suspected that the story of the fictional Bim Lanisell contains some clue to the cause of the bad blood between Addison and her father. What she didn't suspect was that someone else had taken an interest in the case namely Constance Wellington, an aging member of a local cult whose playful letters to Maxwell Lane Rima discovers in Addison's attic. Constance's defences of Bim Lanisell, the character, seem also to plead on behalf of Bim Lanisell, the man, and soon Rima begins doing some detective work of her own. Taking inspiration from the imaginary and the dead Maxwell Lane and her brother Oliver Rima sifts through the evidence, follows long-forgotten leads, and reconstructs the true story that inspired the fiction.

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The Case of the Imaginary Detective is a slyly humorous book that is low on blood but filled with verve and insight. Karen Joy Fowler smartly captures the offbeat rhythms of Santa Cruz, with its aging hippies, territorial surfers, and spiritual transients as much a part of the local ecology as the sprawling forests and tumultuous surf. Set against this colourful backdrop is the story of a young woman whose life has been beset by loss. Rima's investigation is as much an exploration of herself and the grief she has yet to come to terms with as it is of her father's history with Addison. But what Rima discovers provides much-needed answers for Addison as well, allowing them both to put the past to rest and begin looking to the future. At the age of twenty-nine, Rima Lanisell is the sole surviving member of her family. Her mother died when she was a teenager, her father only recently, and in between came the death that cut deepest, that of her bold and mischievous younger brother, Oliver. Alone and unmoored, Rima accepts an invitation to join her estranged godmother, Addison Early, at Addison's majestic Victorian home in Santa Cruz, California. Known as Wit's End, the house is situated on the eroding cliffs that overlook a town still known to many as the 'Murder Capital of the World,' though the serial killers and Hollywood vampires that inspired the title are now decades in the past. Also in the past is the story of Addison's relationship with Rima's father, Bim, and the events that led to a decades-long silence between them. Murder, however, is alive and well at Wit's End, in the form of the miniature crime scenes that populate every room of the house. These macabre dollhouses are the launching point for the investigations of Maxwell Lane, the fictional detective who is the hero of Addison's wildly successful series of mystery novels. Bim appeared in one of these novels years ago, as a character best remembered for murdering his wife with a poison-clawed cat. Rima has long suspected that the story of the fictional Bim Lanisell contains some clue to the cause of the bad blood between Addison and her father. What she didn't suspect was that someone else had taken an interest in the case namely Constance Wellington, an aging member of a local cult whose playful letters to Maxwell Lane Rima discovers in Addison's attic. Constance's defences of Bim Lanisell, the character, seem also to plead on behalf of Bim Lanisell, the man, and soon Rima begins doing some detective work of her own. Taking inspiration from the imaginary and the dead Maxwell Lane and her brother Oliver Rima sifts through the evidence, follows long-forgotten leads, and reconstructs the true story that inspired the fiction.
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Title The Case of the Imaginary Detective Height
Karen Joy Fowler Width
ISBN-13 9780141023564 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 0141023562 Spine Width
Publisher Viking Pages 324
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