Books: Paper Chase

A literary cop hunts for crooks in books

Thursday next is a detective in charge of solving crimes that happen in books. Which is to say, she literally goes into books and solves crimes there. If, say, somebody were to kidnap Jane Eyre out of Jane Eyre (which happened in The Eyre Affair, the first Thursday Next novel), Thursday would be on the case. This is what the British call silliness, and people generally find it either dismal or delightful. If you're in the latter camp, prepare to be delighted by Jasper Fforde's Something Rotten (Viking; 385 pages), the fourth book in the Next series.

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