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Exchange Place

Exchange Place [Kindle Edition]

Ciaran Carson
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'Exchange Place is gloriously uncategorisable. Robbe-Grillet would have welcomed it, as would Queneau and Perec, but Hammett and Chandler too would have tipped the brims of their trilbys in salute. A wonderful intellectual romp. --John Banville

The phrase 'literary thriller' is at times too loosely applied, but Carson's book is a 'true' example of the form at the stage of saturation. It is exhilarating and yet, in its entirely masculine and asexual world, melancholy... Exchange Place is a treat which shows that, if meaning is not to be had, then there is always the next thing and the one after that, in a meantime that is both the prison and liberation of the rememberer. --Times Literary Supplement

Carson is a conjurer with language ... His eye lights on an astonishing miscellany of fact and fantasy, but remains sharply focused throughout. --Erica Wagner, The Times

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‘He took out his watch and looked at it. He rested for one minute as timed on his watch. He opened the briefcase and took out a passport and a pair of spectacles. He put the spectacles on and looked at the passport, and realised he was the man in the picture. A gunshot rang out.’

Part thriller, part spy novel, Exchange Place is set between Belfast and Paris and tracks the individual movements of two men, John Kilfeather and John Kilpatrick, who are trying to solve a mystery concerning a lost friend, a missing notebook and a gun.

But this is no ordinary mystery and the usual rules don’t apply. Appearances are deceptive; identities dissolve, become slippery; and it’s easy to lose track of who you are in the winding streets and passageways of the city.

As the paths of Kilpatrick and Kilfeather slowly and inexorably converge, it is only the subterranean Memory Palace that can open the way to the truth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press (19 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ES4H94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has You Coming and Going 10 Oct 2012
Ciaran Carson's latest novel, Exchange Place, is, as you would expect of Ciaran, high literature: beautifully written prose by a master of his art. It is also in its way a detective / mystery / thriller. Like all gripping reads you know exactly what is going on and why - or you think you do - as Ciaran, with deft touch, leads you through a philosophical argument of time, space and existence. This is one book where the ending makes you determined to read the book again. Or maybe you have already ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poetic but slow. 2 Aug 2013
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Beyond me. I like to know the good guys and the bad guys right away. And have the good guys win. (At least some of the time.) Mr. Carson's novel is high tone, descriptive and very singular in pitch. Someone else will love it, but it's over my head.
5.0 out of 5 stars deeply enjoyed 14 Mar 2013
By denise O'Meara - Published on
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i would recommend this book to people who love poetry, stories of doppelganger, fountain pens, Sebald, mind expanders,
Northern Ireland and like to have fun.
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