Unreliable (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Logo
Unreliable Cover Image
List Price: $26.95
Our Price: $24.26
(Save: $2.70 10%)
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

"Traveling home to Richmond, VA for his mother’s wedding, dysfunctional college professor Edwin Stith gets wrapped up in the dysfunction of his soon-to-be step family, his former friends and lovers.  And to make matters worse, his student/lover may be on her way too.  Edwin is our charming, bumbling Unreliable narrator.  It’s impossible to separate fact from fantasy in Edwin’s mind-and that’s part of the macabre fun of Lee Irby’s latest novel.  Set amidst the glorious/faded history of the south, Irby makes the locale as much a part of the story as the characters themselves.  A swiftly paced tale that takes place over just one weekend, you will finish the book, think about it for a while, then go pick it back up again. An engaging story!"--Reviewed by Jennifer

— From Jennifer Recommends


Riotous and riveting, this is the story of a charming college professor who most definitely did not--but maybe did--kill his ex-wife. Or someone else. Or no one. Irby plays with the thriller trope in unimaginably clever ways.

Edwin Stith, a failed novelist and college writing instructor in upstate New York, is returning home for the weekend to Richmond, Virginia, to celebrate his mother's wedding--to a much younger man. Edwin has a peculiar relationship with the truth. He is a liar who is brutally honest. He may or may not be sleeping with his students, he may or may not be getting fired, and he may or may not have killed his ex-wife, a lover, and his brand-new stepsister.
Stith's dysfunctional homecoming leads him deep into a morass of long-gestating secrets and dangers, of old-flames still burning strong and new passions ready to consume everything he holds dear. But family dysfunction is only eclipsed by Edwin's own, leading to profound suspense and utter hilarity. Lee Irby has crafted a sizzling modern classic of dark urges, lies, and secrets that harks back to the unsettling obsessions of Edgar Allan Poe--with a masterful ending that will have you thinking for days.

About the Author

LEE IRBY teaches history at Eckerd College and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the author of the historical mysteries 7,000 Clams and The Up and Up.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385542050
ISBN-10: 0385542054
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English