A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novel
In West Akron, Ohio, there lived a reclusive elderly man who
always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family;
all over town, he was known as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a
summer day, someone murdered him.
Fast-forward four years. David Neff, the bestselling author of a
true-crime book about an Ohio serial killer, is a broken man after
his wife's inexplicable suicide. When an unexpected visit from an
old friend introduces him to the strange mystery of "the man with a
thousand mittens," David decides to investigate. What he finds
draws him back into a world he thought he had left behind forever.
And the closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the
Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the
dangerous power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected
to the deaths of both the old hermit and his beloved wife.
Deviously plotted and full of dark wit, James Renner's The
Man from Primrose Lane is an audacious debut that boasts as
many twists as a roller coaster. But beneath its turns, it's a
spellbinding story about our obsessions: the dangerous sway they
have over us and the fates of those we love.