Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.
The Guardian

The only certainty is that we've all misunderstood everything

Hawthorn & Child

Fiction by Keith Ridgway

Hawthorn & Child are mid-ranking detectives tasked with finding significance in the scattered facts. They appear and disappear in the fragments of this book along with a ghost car, a crime boss, a pick-pocket, a dead racing driver and a pack of wolves. The mysteries are everywhere, but the biggest of all is our mysterious compulsion to solve them.

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Paperback (published September 23, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221665
Price US
15.95
Page Count
288

Ebook (published September 23, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221672
Price US
15.95

Keith Ridgway

Contemporary Irish writer

Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.
The Guardian
Hawthorn & Child has all the moody stuff of the detective genre, but no suspects, no clues, no resolution. The novel becomes an impressionistic portrait of the London they see.
London Review of Books
Brilliantly well done–alive, funny, and deeply troubled.
The Irish Times
There is a dreamlike quality to Hawthorn & Child’s sense of causality and connection. The detectives do not solve anything, and the book’s mystery is not the crime with which it begins but the lives that hold it together. It is not the closing of any case that preoccupies the book but the perpetual openness and irresolution of all cases, all identities. That is its punch, its poetry.
—Andrew Fox, The Daily Beast
Ridgway's book is successfully thought-provoking and haunting.
Publishers Weekly
This is a mystery novel unlike any you've ever read. Its strangeness is reminiscent of Beckett's work, and Ridgway is a masterful storyteller.
Largehearted Boy
An admirably conceived work of fiction.
The Times Literary Supplement
An idiosyncratic and fascinating novel… refreshingly contemporary in language and style.
—Zadie Smith
Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.
—Ian Rankin, The Guardian