Written in a smoky, noir style with an existentialist flavour, Missing Person is a standout audiobook of 2015.
The Missing Person is Guy Roland, a man with amnesia. Eight years ago he came to private detective C. M. Hutte for help in find out who he is, and when Hutte couldn’t, he instead created him a new identity and employed him within the agency. On Hutte’s retirement and the closure of the detective agency Roland restarts the search for who he is.
Modiano brings beautiful detail to his writing, and his imagery is incredible – it feels as though one is seeing through the eyes of his protagonist. His prose is elegant and precise. There is the impression that he has carefully engineered every sentence to perfection. In any case the book comes as close to perfection as anything I’ve read.
Meanwhile Bronson Pinchot perfectly captures the detail in Modiano’s writing. His voice suits the noir style and he’s able to create each of the characters throughout the book without trouble.
I was absolutely captured by this book from the opening paragraph. It’s a brilliant story but it’s the descriptions of the places and the people Roland visits that are most compelling. Missing Person is easily one of my favourite audiobooks of 2015.
Patrick Modiano was the 2014 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Missing Person is not to be missed.
Missing Person • by Patrick Modiano • translated by Daniel Weissbort • read by Bronson Pinchot • 4.75 hours • published by Blackstone Audio • November 2, 2015 • ISBN 9781504663243