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* ColbertBump: The novel was featured prominently in an episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'': over the three weeks following the episode's initial airing, sales of it equalled what they had been in the preceding six years.


* ColbertBump: The novel was featured prominently in an episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'': over the following three weeks following the episode's initial airing, sales of it equalled what they had been in the preceding six years.

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* ColbertBump: The novel was featured prominently in an episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'': over the following three weeks following the episode's initial airing, sales of it equalled what they had been in the preceding six years.



* VindicatedByHistory: O'Brien was unable to find a publisher for the book in his lifetime. He reused some elements of the book for his last novel ''The Dalkey Archive'', but gave up trying to publish ''The Third Policeman'' -- in fact, he was so ashamed of his failure that he claimed to have lost the manuscript whenever anyone asked him about it. It was only after his death that it was published and quickly hailed as a masterpiece. ''The Dalkey Archive'', by contrast, is regarded as not nearly as good.

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* VindicatedByHistory: O'Brien was unable to find a publisher for the book in his lifetime. He reused some elements of the book for his last novel ''The Dalkey Archive'', but gave up trying to publish ''The Third Policeman'' -- in fact, he was so ashamed of his failure that he claimed to have lost the manuscript whenever anyone asked him about it. It was only after his death that it was rediscovered (he had kept it on a table in his lounge the whole time), published and quickly hailed as a masterpiece. ''The Dalkey Archive'', by contrast, is regarded as not nearly as good.

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* EldritchAbomination: O'Brien himself seems to have come to regard the book as this. One critic has argued, based on the book itself and the author's correspondence, that he wrote it thinking it was basically a comic novel, and when it kept getting turned down he re-read it, found it frightening and decided not to publish it, instead telling everyone that he'd lost the manuscript.


* VindicatedByHistory: O'Brien was unable to find a publisher for the book in his lifetime; he reused and refined some elements of the book for his last novel ''The Dalkey Archive'', but gave up trying to publish ''The Third Policeman'' -- in fact, he was so ashamed of his failure that he claimed to have lost the manuscript whenever anyone asked him about it. It was only after his death that it was published and quickly hailed as a masterpiece.

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* VindicatedByHistory: O'Brien was unable to find a publisher for the book in his lifetime; he lifetime. He reused and refined some elements of the book for his last novel ''The Dalkey Archive'', but gave up trying to publish ''The Third Policeman'' -- in fact, he was so ashamed of his failure that he claimed to have lost the manuscript whenever anyone asked him about it. It was only after his death that it was published and quickly hailed as a masterpiece. ''The Dalkey Archive'', by contrast, is regarded as not nearly as good.


* ColbertBump: The novel was featured prominently in an episode of ''{{Lost}}'': over the following three weeks following the episode's initial airing, sales of it equalled what they had been in the preceding six years.

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* ColbertBump: The novel was featured prominently in an episode of ''{{Lost}}'': ''Series/{{Lost}}'': over the following three weeks following the episode's initial airing, sales of it equalled what they had been in the preceding six years.


* VindicatedByHistory: O'Brien was unable to find a publisher for the book in his lifetime, and was so ashamed that he actually claimed to have lost the manuscript when asked. It was only after his death that it was published and quickly hailed as a masterpiece.

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* VindicatedByHistory: O'Brien was unable to find a publisher for the book in his lifetime, lifetime; he reused and refined some elements of the book for his last novel ''The Dalkey Archive'', but gave up trying to publish ''The Third Policeman'' -- in fact, he was so ashamed of his failure that he actually claimed to have lost the manuscript when asked.whenever anyone asked him about it. It was only after his death that it was published and quickly hailed as a masterpiece.

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* HoYay: between the main character and John Divney.

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