The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is the new literary mystery novel by Graeme Macrae Burnet, who as a winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award is one of Scotland’s most promising literary talents.
The novel offers something different. Set in the unremarkable French town of Saint-Louis, with the maladroit Manfred Baumann as its main character, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau effortlessly conjures up an otherworldly atmosphere that simultaneously intrigues and unsettles.
In the novel, we meet Manfred Baumann, a loner and socially awkward. He spends his evenings surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at his local bistro. But one day, she vanishes into thin air.
When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, begins investigating her 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 compelling psychological portrayal of a peculiar outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination. It is by turns haunting, strange and mesmeric – and destined to achieve cult status.