Fresh from the staggering success of The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus's first love. All at once, memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy, and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin.
The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. That was what they called Marcus, and his cousins Hillel and Woody. Three brilliant young men with their whole lives ahead of them, before their kingdom crumbled beneath the weight of lies, jealousy and betrayal. For years, Marcus has struggled with the burdens of his past, but now, he must attempt to banish his demons and tell the real story of the Baltimore Boys.
Translated from the French by Alison Anderson
Joël Dicker was born in Geneva in 1985, where he studied Law. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair was nominated for the Prix Goncourt and won the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Française and the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. It has sold more than 3.6 million copies in 42 countries. The Baltimore Boys, at once a prequel and a sequel, has sold more than 750,000 in France.
Sweeping, clever, heartbreaking and memorable. The perfect summer read — Henrietta Richman, Grazia
Veers between nostalgia for what could have been and regrets for what can never be. Captivating and beautifully conceived — Pascale Frey, Elle
A striking insight into America's weird class system, and a moving
story of brotherhood and family rivalry
— Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
A literary phenomenon — Astrid de Larminat, Figaro
Once again, Dicker brilliantly combines all the elements that first enticed his legions of readers — Julie Malaure, Le Point
Immense and detailed . . . The backstory is all-consuming and will not let you skip a single paragraph — Rachael Revesz, Independent
Joël Dicker really knows how to tell a great story — Stéphanie des Horts, Valeurs Actuelles
The Dicker who wrote The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair was a magician, a juggler. The Dicker of The Baltimore Boys has no need of such tricks. He is not just a good writer, he is a great writer — Antonio d’Orrico, Corriere della Serra
A titan of a novel. Nabokovian. Highly recommended — Laura Fernández, El Cultural de El Mundo
A new masterstroke from Joël Dicker. The ace up his sleeve — Pierre-Yves Grenu, Culturebox
My goodness, this Joël Dicker can really spin a yarn — Marianne Grosjean, Tribune de Genève
Really compelling. A multi-layered family saga that behaves like a thriller — Frankfurter Neue Presse
A novel with the power to enthral its readers and whose characters will remain fixed in your memory — ORF
A top-class literary thriller that smoothly outclasses its rivals — Melissa Katsoulis, The Times on The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair
It's like 'Twin Peaks' meets Atonement meets In Cold Blood - the French thriller everyone is talking about — Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph on The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair
An expertly realised, addictive Russian doll of a whodunit — Fanny Blake, Daily Mail on The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair
The book of the year — Simon Mayo on The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair