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  • Published: 6 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781640092945
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $36.99

The Edge of the Crazies

A Jules Clement Novel



Blue Deer, Montana may seem to be a tranquil town nestled at the foot of the Crazy Mountains, but an influx of writers, artists, and actors has driven its inhabitants a little nuts. When someone uses a rifle on George Blackwater as he’s working on his new screenplay, Sheriff Jules Clement figures the culprit is George’s angry wife, Mona, who has been on the rampage since George’s latest batch of affairs. But soon the number of killings multiplies, and Jules is surrounded by a variety of suspects, including George himself, still unhinged by something that happened twenty years ago. As Jules reluctantly digs into the seamy side of his hometown, he finds himself swamped by bad dreams, bad press, and an increasing distaste for his job.

This new edition showcases this wickedly brilliant debut to the critically acclaimed mystery series.

“In this madly original debut, Ms. Harrison speaks up in a fresh, animated voice to say something worth saying about the festering animosities of small minds cooped up in small towns.” —The New York Times Book Review

Blue Deer, Montana may seem to be a tranquil town nestled at the foot of the Crazy Mountains, but an influx of writers, artists, and actors has driven its inhabitants a little nuts. When someone uses a rifle on George Blackwater as he’s working on his new screenplay, Sheriff Jules Clement figures the culprit is George’s angry wife, Mona, who has been on the rampage since George’s latest batch of affairs. But soon the number of killings multiplies, and Jules is surrounded by a variety of suspects, including George himself, still unhinged by something that happened twenty years ago. As Jules reluctantly digs into the seamy side of his hometown, he finds himself swamped by bad dreams, bad press, and an increasing distaste for his job.

This new edition showcases this wickedly brilliant debut to the critically acclaimed mystery series.

  • Published: 6 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781640092945
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $36.99

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Praise for The Edge of the Crazies

“A sparkling, caustic first novel… In this madly original debut, Ms. Harrison speaks up in a fresh, animated voice to say something worth saying about the festering animosities of small minds cooped up in small towns.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

The Edge of the Crazies is written with a wonderfully mature sense of humor, full of wise and perceptive character studies, and capped by a dazzling plot. I absolutely loved it. Hell, I wouldn’t mind living in Blue Deer, Montana.” —James Crumley, author of The Mexican Tree Duck

The Edge of the Crazies is a fine and textured mystery that brings us a new star in detective fiction…. Jamie Harrison has made southwestern Montana her own, and Jules Clement is its conscience, in what is by any measure a compelling debut.” —Richard Currey, author of Crossing Over and Wars of Heaven

“Jamie Harrison is a strong new voice writing intelligently from and about the American West.” —Dan O’Brien, author of In the Center of the Nation and Eminent Domain

“How precisely this book chronicles the nastiness, the incestuousness and plain rottenness that can set in and harm a small town in America — the pathetic and failed attempt of the human heart to low-vault a minor, trifling obstacle, such as happiness or caring-for-one-another…. This is a good book.” —Rick Bass, author of Winter and The Ninemile Wolves