The Accident on the A35

From the author of “His Bloody Project”, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death? The troubled Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis. Graeme Macrae Burnet returns with a literary mystery that will beguile fans of His Bloody Project and The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau. Darkly humorous, subtle and sophisticated, The Accident on the A35 burrows deep into the psyches of its characters and explores the forgotten corners of small-town life.


“Burnet is a writer of great skill and authority.” - Financial Times

“A smart amalgam of legal thriller and literary game that reads as if Umberto Eco has been resurrected in the 19th-century Scottish Highlands.” – Mark Lawson, The Guardian

“The overwhelming appeal of this excellent novel is its authenticity.” - Times Literary Supplement

“An astonishing piece of writing.” - The Telegraph


The author’s previous novel, His Bloody Project, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Awards 2016

Rights Profile

Rights Available
World, all except Australia (Text Publishing), US/Canada (Skyhorse), Germany (Europa Verlag), Denmark (Loxodonta), Holland (Hollands Diep), France & Poland

Original Language

Samples Available
Full text available in English



Publication Date

October 2017


The Accident on the A35 on the Saraband Books website