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An American mystery in French

Geneva-born lawyer Joel Dicker writes about the mysterious disappearance of a teen in a small town

Published on May 25, 2014 8:17 PM

Swiss novelist Joel Dicker, 29, is bowled over by the success of his second book, the thriller The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair.

Published in 2012 in French as La Verite Sur L'Affaire Harry Quebert, the book has sold more than two million copies in Europe, supplanting Dan Brown's Inferno at the head of bestseller lists. It won one of France's oldest literary awards, the Grand Prix du Roman, and was longlisted for the prestigious Prix Goncourt award.

Its foreign rights were sold last year and the English translation by Sam Taylor is available this month via Penguin Books in the United States and MacLehose Press of Quercus Books in Britain.

On the telephone from Paris, one of the stops on an international book tour, the author is both delighted and humbled by his new-found fame. "Who'd have thought I'd have a phone call for my book from Singapore?" says Dicker, who resides in Geneva with his girlfriend.

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