Hunters in the dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, greed trumps kindness, where identities are blurred, and karma is ruthless. From the novelist the new york times compares to paul bowles, 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, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing.
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel #ad - Filled with hitchcockian twists and turns, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.
The Forgiven: A NovelHogarth #ad - Then the boy's irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone's control. With spare, and a gift for the unexpected, searing eroticism, evocative prose, Osborne memorably portrays the privileged guests wrestling with their secrets amid the remoteness and beauty of the desert landscape.
But as a groggy david navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves. And one boy is left dead. When david and jo arrive at the party, already disgusted by the rich, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, the Moroccan staff, soon learn of David's unforgiveable act.
The Forgiven: A Novel #ad - He gradually reveals the jolting backstory of the young man who was killed and leaves David’s fate in the balance as the novel builds to a shattering conclusion. Now with extra libris material, including a Q&A and bonus content. In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party.
David and jo henniger, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends' home, a doctor and a children's book author, deep in the Moroccan desert.
Beautiful Animals: A NovelHogarth #ad - Sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, and the story is cracking. Lionel shriver, Washington Post "Startlingly good. Osborne has been described as an heir to Graham Greene, and he shares with Greene an interest in what might be called the moral thriller. Katie kitamura, new york times Book Review"A seductively menacing new thriller by Lawrence Osborne.
. Who unites graham greene’s fondness for foreign soil with Patricia Highsmith’s fascination with the nastier coils of the human psyche. Npr’s “fresh air"financial times summer pick 2017guardian best holiday reads 2017 on a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, but still alive.
Beautiful Animals: A Novel #ad - Let’s not mince words. Naomi, a younger american girl on vacation with her family, convinces Sam, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies.
. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion. In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship, and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A NovelHogarth #ad - A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven. As night falls on macau and the neon signs that line the rain-slick streets come alive, Doyle – “Lord Doyle” to his fellow players – descends into his casino of choice to try his luck at the baccarat tables that are the anchor of his current existence.
Taking refuge in a series of louche and dimly lit hotels, he watches his fortune rise and fall as the cards decide his fate. In a moment of crisis he meets dao-ming, an enigmatic Chinese woman who appears to be a denizen of the casinos just like himself, and seems to offer him salvation in the form of both money and love.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A Novel #ad - But as doyle attempts to make a rare and true connection, all that he accepts as reality seems to be slipping from his grasp. Resonant of classics by dostoevsky and Graham Greene, The Ballad of a Small Player is a timeless tale steeped in eerie suspense and rich atmosphere. A corrupt english lawyer who has escaped prosecution by fleeing to the East, Doyle spends his nights drinking and gambling and his days sleeping off his excesses, continually haunted by his past.
Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of PleasureNorth Point Press #ad - Osborne's is a visceral experience of bangkok, whether he's wandering the canals that fill the old city; dining at the No Hands Restaurant, where his waitress feeds him like a baby; or launching his own notably unsuccessful career as a gigolo. Bangkok days is a love letter to the city that revived Osborne's faith in adventure and the world.
Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of Pleasure #ad - A guide without inhibitions, osborne takes us to a feverish place where a strange blend of ancient Buddhist practice and new sexual mores has created a version of modernity only superficially indebted to the West. A passionate, affectionate record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottest metropolis tourists come to bangkok for many reasons—a sex change operation, a night with two prostitutes dressed as nuns, a stay in a luxury hotel.
. Broke but no longer in pain, he finds that he can live in Bangkok on a few dollars a day. And so the restless exile stays. Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe NovelHogarth #ad - But is zinn actually alive? are the pair living off the spoils? Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon. Praise for only to sleep “a new case for Philip Marlowe and—have a smell from the barrel, all you gunsels and able grables —it crackles.
The new york times book review Editors’ Choice “Brilliant. It hangs with you like a scar. Npr. The place, Baja California. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel #ad - His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn—supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. Lawrence osborne brings one of literature’s most enduring detectives back to life—as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure.
Named one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review and npr • nominated for the edgar and shamus awardsthe year is 1988. It leaves you with the taste of rum and blood in your mouth. As much a meditation on aging and memory as it is a crime thriller.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's JourneyBroadway Books #ad - Selected as a top ten book of the year by dwight garner, a dangerous addiction, new york timesa “fearlessly honest account” Financial Times of man’s love of drink, and an insightful meditation on the meaning of alcohol consumption across cultures worldwide Drinking alcohol: a beloved tradition, even “a sickness of the soul” as once described by a group of young Muslim men in Bali.
In his wide-ranging travels, controversial, the wet and the dry offers provocative, lawrence osborne—a veritable connoisseur himself—has witnessed opposing views of alcohol across cultures worldwide, or the very reverse? Where do societies fall on the spectrum between indulgence and restraint? An immersing, compelling him to wonder: is drinking alcohol a sign of civilization and sanity, sometimes unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts between East and West, and often irreverent travel narrative, and the surprising influence of drinking on the contemporary world today.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's Journey #ad - Now with an excerpt from Lawrence Osborne's latest novel, The Ballad of a Small Player.
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport MallNorth Point Press #ad - And like many a lost soul on this same route, he ended up in the harrowing forests of Papua, searching for a people who have never seen a tourist. He took a six-month journey across the so-called Asian Highway—a swathe of Southeast Asia that, since the Victorian era, has seduced generations of tourists with its manufactured dreams of the exotic Orient.
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall #ad - From the theme resorts of dubai to the jungles of papua new Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic east—and of the tour itselfSick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself. What, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, praised by the new york times book review as "smart, perceptive, have to sell? A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Westernmind, spas, Osborne asks, cosmetic-surgery packages, the world's single largest business, hotels, The Naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseur, funny, and "back to nature" trips? What does tourism, spiritual retreats, generous, sex clubs, sensible.
The Catch: A Novella Slough HouseSoho Crime #ad - British spy master mick herron returns with an explosive novella set in the same world as his multiple CWA Dagger–winning Slough House series John Bachelor is the saddest kind of spy: not a joe in the field, not even a desk jockey, but a milkman—a part-time pension administrator whose main job is to check in on aging retired spies.
The Catch: A Novella Slough House #ad - Late in his career and having lost his wife, and his savings after a series of unlucky choices, John's been living in a dead man's London apartment, his house, hoping the bureaucracy isn't going to catch up with him and leave him homeless. But keeping a secret among spies is a fool's errand, and now John has made himself eminently blackmailable.
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel Philip Marlowe series Book 10Henry Holt and Co. #ad - Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere. So begins the black-eyed blonde, a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe—yes, that Philip Marlowe. It is the early 1950s, marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: young, and expensively dressed, beautiful, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson.
Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson's disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Channeling raymond chandler, benjamin Black has brought Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the mean streets of Bay City, California. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City's richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel Philip Marlowe series Book 10 #ad - Only benjamin black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe detective novel that has all the panache and charm of the originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today's best crime fiction. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it's being watched.
Raymond chandler's incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career"It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving.
Cambodia Noir: A NovelScribner #ad - A “sinuous, and the photojournalist who tracks her through the clues left in her diary, shattering thriller” Booklist, starred review with a heart-stopping conclusion about a mysterious American woman who disappears in to the Cambodian underworld, by an author whose “plotting and pacing are as sharp and original as his writing” Nelson DeMille.
Phnom penh, cambodia: lawless, drug-soaked, forgotten—it’s where bad journalists go to die. But will’s downward spiral is interrupted by kara Saito, a beautiful young woman who shows up and begs Will to help find her sister, June, who disappeared during a stint as an intern at the local paper. For once-great war photographer will keller, drugs, that’s kind of a mission statement: he spends his days floating from one score to the next, booze, taking any job that pays; his nights are a haze of sex, and brawling.
Cambodia Noir: A Novel #ad - Debut author nick seeley “impresses on every count, ” BookPage, Top Mystery Pick exploring what happens when we venture into dark places…when we get in over our heads…when we get lost. As will digs deeper into june’s past, he uncovers one disturbing fact after another about the missing girl and her bloody family history.
Will’s best clue is her diary: an unsettled collection of experiences, and dreams, memories, reflecting a young woman at once repelled and fascinated by the chaos of Cambodia. Propulsive, drugs, and exotically enthralling, electric, Cambodia Noir “has it all: sex, and mystery” MetroUS. In the end, the most dangerous thing in Cambodia may be June herself.
So begins will’s “journey to the heart of drug-fueled noirness” New York Journal of Books.