In this life-size game of Clue, six psychiatric patients in Paris's Saint Anne's Hospital are suspects in the murder of Dr. Black. Though Not a Clue tells the stories of these possible assassins, their lives, and what has brought them to the hospital, the true focus of Chlo Delaume's intense and tumultuous novel is not merely to discover the identity of the murderer. Rather, by cleverly combining humor with the day-to-day effects of life's unrelenting compromises, Not a Clue is an astute commentary on the current state of literary production and consumption.
Masterfully juggling an omniscient narratrix, an accusing murder victim, at least six possible suspects as well as their psychiatrists, and a writer who intervenes by refusing to intervene, Delaume uses the characters, weapons, and rooms of the board game Clue to challenge--sometimes violently, sometimes playfully--the norms of typography, syntax, and narrative conventions.
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"Like a lace maker, [Delaume] stitches together words, tears apart adjectives, tugs on adjectives, swells with parenthetical asides, and drenches her prose with equal doses of references to mythology as to pop songs."--Émilie Grangeray, Le Monde
"With dazzling virtuosity, with its pirouettes, winks, and dizzying mirrored reflections, the final third of the novel in particular brings to mind both baroque esthetics and The Lady from Shanghai's hall of mirrors. The whole thing is as exhilarating as it is moving."--Catherine Henry, Benzine Magazine-- (03/03/2018)