EW has posted a the first chapter from Lemony Snicket’s latest novel Who Could that be at This Hour?

The novel releases on October 23, but you can get your first look at the book below. The story follows a young Lemony Snicket who is in a fading town, far from anyone he knows or trusts, he begins his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He starts by asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

From EW:

There was a town, there was a girl, and there was a theft. I was living in town, and I was hired to investigate the theft, and I thought the girl had nothing to do with it. I was almost thirteen and I was wrong. I was wrong about all of it. I should have asked the question, “Why would someone say something was stolen when it was never theirs to begin with?” Instead I asked the wrong question — four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the first. {MORE}

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