Hunters in the Dark: A Novel
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2016-01-12
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
This is quite an engrossing tale which takes place in the exotic world of Cambodia. A young English teacher, bored with his complacent life, decides to disappear. During his first night in Cambodia, he tries his hand at a gambling casino. What happens there sets off a series of events in which gre...
#HuntersintheDark Available 1/12/16 4Stars!! @RandomHouse @lawrenceosborne For this to only be 320 pages, it was a VERY long book. The majority of it was spent talking about the food, the sites, the traditions and the people. For those of you who are into that type of thing, the author took a lot...
Robert is the calm, innocent center of this story as more sinister and beautiful elements swirl around him. Often I want a book to rest on great characters, and this one doesn't, but I loved it anyway. Instead, it rested on creating a world both real and unbelievable, with good and bad emulsified ...
The prose borders on the surreal at times, with its trance-like sluggishness that seduces with its elegant descriptions of earth and ennui: Here the trees sticking out of the surface were white as bone and draped with creepers. Driftwood floated idly past them, a few household items, broken birds' ...