Menace, mystery and the fate of the outsider

Brodeck’s Report, By Philippe Claudel, MacLehose Press, €16.20.

14th March, 2009

Brodeck’s Report, By Philippe Claudel, MacLehose Press, €16.20.

‘My name is Brodeck and I had nothing to do with it.”

The opening line of Philippe Claudel’s novel is as stark and affecting as that of any classic hard-boiled noir, but Brodeck’s Report is much more than a crime narrative, or even a narrative of crimes.

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