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The Reflection (Hardcover)

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Hugo Wilcken's first novel, The Execution—a taut, psychological mystery about an average person who commits an accidental murder—got the kind of rave reviews authors dream of: He was compared to Camus and Hitchcock.

Now, in his second novel, The Reflection, the comparisons seem even more appropriate: It's a smart, creepy, steadily absorbing mystery about an average law-abiding citizen who finds himself inexplicably caught up in a case of mistaken identities—with one of his own patients.

When psychiatrist David Manne is asked by a friend who's a New York City Police detective to consult on an unusual case, he finds himself being asked to evaluate a criminal who's the exact opposite of himself—an uneducated laborer from the Midwest who seems overwhelmed by modern day Manhattan circa 1948. But when that laborer tells David that he's not who the police say he is, David slowly begins to believe it may be true

Unable to stop himself, David begins to look into how the police handle the man, and the hospital they take him to . . . and begins to suspect that the man is caught up in some kind of secret governmental medical testing. Realizing he's got to rescue his patient, David quickly finds himself battling forces that seem to be even bigger than he suspected, and that now have him in their sights. 

When he suddenly finds himself caught with a patient's i.d. papers on him, he decides on a risky course that seems his only way out: To change his identity, and enter even deeper into the conspiracy, if he's to find out how to escape it.

Written in relentlessly probing prose with a delicious plot complication seemingly on every page, this is one of the most thought-provoking, chilling, and suspenseful novels you'll ever read.

About the Author

HUGO WILCKEN is the author of the novel The Execution, and the nonfiction book David Bowie's Low, part of the 33 1/3 series. Both books were critically acclaimed in both the US and the UK. After residing for many years in Paris, he now divides his time between London and Sydney.

Praise For…

“Hitchcock meets Dostoevsky . . . The Talented Mr Ripley with psychiatrists . . . A strange and clever book. It will leave you looking over your shoulder long after you've put it down.” 
The Times

“An experimental novel disguised as a thriller . . . It is a roller coaster, a helter skelter, a whole literary fairground . . . F Scott Fitzgerald said that the test of a first-rate intelligence was the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind and still be able to function. We might say the same for first-rate novels.” 
—John Self, The Guardian

“'Hitchcock meets Camus'' is the unusually apt shoutline for this atmospheric exercise in retro literary noir, and Patricia Highsmith, Vladimir Nabokov, Miles Davis's cool jazz and Mad Men's Don Draper could be added to the list of influences or echoes . . . seductively ambiguous.” 
The Sunday Times

“[A] twisted and cerebral tale of fluid identity and government conspiracy. It is without a doubt one of the most clever, perplexing and challenging books I’ve encountered this year . . . The backdrop of 50’s New York is perfectly realised throughout, and it’s a cracking slice of hardboiled noir to boot.”
Raven Crime Reads

“The Reflection has all the hallmarks of a classic noir novel: a narrator in crisis, a psychological drama, a femme fatale (or two) . . . cleverly done with some panache.”
Shiny New Books

The Reflection is a remarkable novel that blends elements of Alfred Hitchcock's paranoiac identity crises with David Lynch's oblique gaze. Unsettlingly powerful and beautifully written, this book will echo within you long after you finish reading it.”
—James Smythe, author of The Explorer

“This exceptional psychological thriller will remind readers of the works of Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell at their creepiest... For discerning suspense lovers.”
Library Journal

“A fine stylist, Wilcken captures a noirish, postwar New York.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Execution
“An exciting, nervy thriller that fulfills the demands of the genre while resonating on deeper frequencies.”
The New York Times Book Review
“While Camus’s specter looms large throughout The Execution, Wilcken ultimately pulls it off on his own with an engrossing, twisting narrative. His is an important new voice in philosophy wrapped up in literate storytelling.”
The Boston Globe
“A diabolical thriller that echoes the best suspense of Patricia Highsmith with a cheeky nod to Dostoyevski . . . This is a remarkably accomplished debut heralding the arrival of a noteworthy talent. Wilcken’s literary career may take as many fascinating twists as this brilliant book.”
Publishers Weekly
“In this stunning debut, Wilcken creates a beautifully written, intricately crafted, multilayered story that can be read as a psychological thriller, a commentary on the superficiality of modern life, an Everyman story, or a modern morality tale. On whatever level, the book is both moving and mesmerizing.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Nuanced, compelling, and fresh . . . an exceptionally well-done debut.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Unnervingly cool prose . . . an entertainingly urbane thriller [whose] suspense lies not in the whodunit, but in watching a perfect life unravel.”
The Daily Telegraph

Product Details
ISBN: 9781612194493
ISBN-10: 1612194494
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English
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