Hunters in the Dark

Lawrence Osborne ( is the author of the novel Ania Malina, a book about Paris, Paris Dreambook, the essay collection The Poisoned Embrace, and a controversial book about autism called American Normal. He has also written three travel books published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux between 2004 and 2009: a book about wine, The Accidental Connoisseur, The Naked Tourist, and an account of expatriate life in Bangkok called Bangkok Days. His short stories have appeared in many American magazines. His story ‘Volcano’ originally published in Tin House was selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2012. His 2012 novel The Forgiven was published in 2012 to widespread acclaim.

To see if you would like to investigate this oeuvre why not try his latest novel, Hunters in the Dark. The summary is as follows. 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. On the first night of the adventure, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events. This involves a bag of “jinxed” money, a suave American, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter. Robert’s life is not likely to be the same after this.

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, it is unafraid to confront difficult questions about fate. Will your fate be to enjoy this entertaining novel by Osborne?


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352 pages in Hogarth

First published 2015

ISBN  978-1781090336



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