Hunters in the Dark (Hardcover)
"Robert Grieve is turning thirty and has no life plan. Letting life happen can be an iffy proposition especially in Cambodia. As a British citizen he isn’t worried about the theft of his passport. The big casino win he scored in Thailand didn’t excite him much either. Who was the man who invited him home and changed so much? Hunters in the Dark despite its passive hero is a compelling read and a strange hybrid story of suspense, mystery and love. I did not want to put the book down."--Reviewed by Dora
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.
About the Author
Lawrence Osborne is the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling author of the novels THE FORGIVEN and THE BALLAD OF A SMALL PLAYER, and of six books of nonfiction, including THE WET AND THE DRY. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Forbes, Harper's, and several other publications. He currently lives in Bangkok.