Nov 6, 2015

Book Beginning: Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne

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Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne, to be released January 12, 2016 by Hogarth,
Genre: fiction, literary suspense
Source: publisher

Book beginning( from an ARE; final copy may differ):
He came over the border as the lights were about to be dimmed, with the last of the migrants trailing their stringed boxes. With them came gamblers from the air-conditioned buses, returning short-time exiles tumbling out of minivans with microwaves and DVD units. The border forced them all into a defile in the rain. The gamblers complained about their summary treatment while opening plastic umbrellas provided by the tour company. It seemed a shame to them that the casinos on the other side could not manage it better. Their Bangkok shoes began to suffer in the coffee-colored mud. Between the two posts the ground was already filled with pools and the dogs waited for the money. The hustlers and drivers were there, silently smoking and watching their prey. The officer ripped away his departure card in the Thai hut and his passport came back to him and he set off for the further side lit up by the arc lamps. 
"Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life 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.

A small windfall precipitates a chain of events--  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 game of cat and mouse, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless; suffused with the steamy heat and superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront questions about fate..." (publisher)

Page 56:
"I know a place you could go. Right on the river."
I am eager to read this novel of escape and suspense - a young man having quite an adventure while looking for a different kind of life. 

8 comments:

  1. Sounds intriguing but a little wordy for me. I hope you enjoy the story. I have Soundless by Richelle Mead this week. Happy reading!

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  2. The author definitely sets the stage in the descriptive opening paragraph. The book's cover makes me wonder why a man is standing in a boat wearing a white shirt and business suit. I'm curious.
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  3. Not sure the writing style is to my taste. Happy Friday!

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  4. I'm not so sold either, but hope you like it! Happy weekend!

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  5. Doesn't sound like my cup of tea either but I hope you enjoy it - here's My Friday Post

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  6. Harvee, this does sound fascinating! I hope you will enjoy it.

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  7. This sounds exactly like something I'd like - and the cover is pretty eye-catching. :)

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  8. Goodreads readers gave the book quite good ratings.

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