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Hunters in the Dark

“Complex in plot yet simple and intense in style, Osborne’s narrative takes us into an Asian heart of darkness.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Osborne, frequently compared to Graham Greene . . . writes evocatively about the beauties and mysteries of Cambodia . . . Hunters in the Dark is a strange and heady novel sure to engage armchair travelers.”
—Booklist

“Elegant, stylish, and ambiguous. Dramatic irony, used sharply by Osborne, keeps the narrative edgy and gripping. Written with unfailing precision and beauty.”
—Neel Mukherjee, Man Booker Prize short-listed author of The Lives of Others

 

 

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From the novelist the New York Times compares to Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan,
an evocative new work of literary suspense

 

Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future.

And on that first night, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events– involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a suave American, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter– that changes Robert’s life forever.

Hunters in the Dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.

Legendary author of twenty New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, Lee Child, calls his reading experience with Hunters in the Dark, “… a quiet immersion…shaped like a quiet dream.” For more on Child’s New York Times Sunday Book Review of Hunters in the Dark click here: http://www.nytimes.com/hunters-in-the-dark-by-lawrence-osborne.

 

About the Author

Lawrence Osborne is the author of The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, and six books of nonfiction. His short story “Volcano” was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes, Harper’s, and several other publications.

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