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The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but ...

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Tracey S

Aug 1, 2013

Great read

This is a wonderfully black and slightly mad book. I loved it for its eccentricity and insanity. A great read and a wonderful introduction to Flann O'Brien's books.

Michael L

May 3, 2012

I laughed on darn near every page. O'Brien is a gem of a humorist. Do yourself a favor and check out his work.


Apr 4, 2007

A delight!

This is a whimsical romp through the English language and an Irish fantasy world alike. O'Brien constantly confounds the reader and conjures up unforgettably ridiculous imagery to support a cast that defies description. A funny and spellbinding story.


Mar 28, 2007


Don't give up while reading this book. The last page is the key to the story so just have faith until then. O'brien always delivers.

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