The Lost Man

The Lost Man : by the author of the Sunday Times top ten bestseller, The Dry

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The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller

The 'gripping, atmospheric and ultimately deeply satisfying' (Val McDermid) new novel from Jane Harper, author of the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers - with combined sales of over a half a million copies - The Dry and Force of Nature.

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron's mind when he was alive, he didn't look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects...

What readers are saying:

'Jane Harper is an incredible story teller'

'So good I couldn't put it down and finished it too quickly!'

'I could almost taste the dust and feel the relentless heat'

'Take a duvet day off work and read it cover to cover. You won't be disappointed!'
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 38mm | 620g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408708213
  • 9781408708217
  • 1,096

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Harper's debut, The Dry, centred on the horrific murder of a family in a hot, remote Australian town.
Her follow-up, Force of Nature, moved the setting to the bushland, where a woman goes missing on a
corporate retreat. The landscape of The Lost Man is even more hostile, even more alien and beautiful, as Harper deftly manipulates her small but fully realised cast to a conclusion * The Observer * English-born but raised in Australia, Jane Harper has used that continent's unique landscape, climate and mood to sterling effect in her series of crime stories. The latest, The Lost Man, is her best yet; it's certainly one of the finest novels of any sort, not only within the genre, that I've read in many moons . . . The vivid
descriptions really transplant the reader to the outback . . . Most of all, you get a sense of the sheer, incomprehensible hugeness - and otherness - of the outback: though by the end, it remains as much of a mystery as any unexplained death -- Darragh McManus * Independent * The pace is frenetic, the landscape epic and the red herrings so cleverly placed that your prime suspect changes by the chapter * Nottingham Post * Jane Harper has gone from excellent debut to consistent brilliant * Weekend Sport * The fantastic Jane Harper's third novel marks a highly anticipated return to the intense setting of the Australian outback * Watford Observer * In seemingly no time Jane Harper has gone from excellent debut to consistent brilliance * Weekend Sport * Against an unforgiving landscape, Harper's story has the qualities of an epic, its plot specific, its themes universal * Belfast Telegraph * A good crime writer creates a great sense of place and bestselling author Jane Harper is no exception. In her atmospheric third novel, the Australian outback is more than just a backdrop to the story, indeed it is the murder weapon itself * Hampshire Living * The fantastic Jane Harper's third novel marks a highly anticipated return to the intense setting of the Australian outback * St Albans Review * The atmosphere is so thick you can taste the red-clay dust, and the folklore surrounding the mysterious stockman adds an additional edge to an already dark and intense narrative. The truth is revealed in a surprising ending that reveals how far someone will go to preserve a life worth living in a place at once loathed and loved * Booklist * Harper's sinewy prose and flinty characters compel...Jaw-dropping denouement * Publishers Weekly * Jane Harper is at the top of the crime writing genre along with Attica Locke, Megan Abbott, and Tana French...[The Lost Man] slowly builds into one hell of a mystery! I will drop whatever I am doing to read a Jane Harper crime novel * BookRiot * Harper's masterful narrative places readers right in the middle of a desolate landscape that's almost as alien as the moon's surface, where the effects of long-term isolation are always a concern. The mystery of Cam's death is at the dark heart of an unfolding family drama that will leave readers reeling, and the final reveal is a heartbreaker. A twisty slow burner by an author at the top of her game * Kirkus starred review * The Lost Man, like The Dry, is a study in isolation and its psychological and physical effects * New York Times * "f you liked The Dry, you'll love it. The Lost Man is an even better book, gripping right to the end. This terrific piece of outback noir opens with the discovery of a body...Harper...paints the menacing landscape brilliantly. The book's title could easily relate to several of the male characters. This engrossing novel will have you thinking long after you've turned the last page * Herald Sun (Aus) * Jane Harper's third novel seals her spot as one of the best...Like the country it describes, this is a "big" book, and one likely to cement Harper's place as one of the most interesting Australian crime writers to emerge in the past decade. Her sense of place is acute, but it is her attention to the relationships that are shaped by this unforgiving, magnificent landscape that will linger long after the mystery of stockman's grave is finally revealed * Sydney Morning Herald * Nothing about this novel is predictable. The characters are compelling, the plot is thrilling and the ending is so very satisfying. There's something special about getting to the end of a book and figuring out the mystery. You'll be left feeling content, a little shocked and desperate for more * Marie Claire (Australia) * Having read Jane's other books I was expecting great things from this - nice to be proved right...Jane writes so convincingly about the oppressive heat of the outback that you feel you're there * Woman's Way * Jane Harper certainly nails the Australian Outback - you can feel the heat come off the page in waves . . . Harper's crisp, evocative writing expertly reveals the secrets that have been festering too long in the scorching Australian sun * Metro * I loved this hugely atmospheric thriller with beautifully-drawn characters * Laura Marshall * The novel shimmers with the heat of the Australian outback. I was mesmerised by this extraordinary vast brutal place and Harper's minutely observed, subtle and nuanced story within it * Rosamund Lupton * The Lost Man is a compulsive, gripping read from start to finish with an atmosphere you can cut with a knife. I was absolutely blown away by it * Kate Hamer * The Lost Man is wonderful. Even better than The Dry, making brilliant use of the parched outback as well as an isolated family over an Australian Christmas. Hugely recommended - though be warned, it's even more addictive than Lee Child * Amanda Craig * A compelling psychological thriller set against the remorseless sun of the Australian outback, I read it in one sitting, completely immersed in the building tension as a man confronts his family's dark past after the discovery of his brother's body * Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange * I don't have words for how much I loved it. Her other two books were amazing, but this is in a different league. It totally transcends genre, and it should win all the prizes * Marian Keyes * Even better than The Dry. It's so compelling and hypnotic. The setting, the heat, the characters and the pace at which it unravels - just so, so good * Sabine Durrant * An evocative, sharply written and expertly plotted novel, subtle in how it navigates its themes of misogyny, retribution and guilt * Irish Independent * Another splendid slice of outback noir . . . Fabulously atmospheric, the book starts slowly and gradually picks up pace towards a jaw-dropping denouement * Guardian (Books of the Month) * The very definition of a slow burn, this is much like the land in which it is set - spartan, atmospheric, and really quite beautiful * Heat * I absolutely loved The Lost Man. I devoured it in a day. Her best yet! * Liane Moriarty * I read it in 24 hours. It's gripping, atmospheric and ultimately deeply satisfying * Val McDermid * Harper's The Lost Man is storytelling at its finest * Daily Mail USA * Harper's crisp, evocative writing expertly reveals the secrets that have been festering too long in the scorching Australian sun * Metro * The very definition of a slow burn, this is much like the land in which it is set - spartan, atmospheric, and really quite beautiful * Heat Magazine, Read of the Week * Harper's writing creates a vivid sense of place . . . She tells a disturbing tale, not just of death but also of domestic violence, sexual abuse, hidden secrets and shattered families * Daily Express * A riveting, deeply atmospheric read * Mail on Sunday * Like its precursors, The Dry and Force of Nature, The Lost Man is a gripping mystery that drips with atmosphere (and sweat). This time, though, Harper has added an emotional heft that is deeply moving. It is her best book yet * Evening Standard * A third superb novel from the author of bestseller The Dry . . . Harper's intricate, beautifully woven you into a world where nothing is ever what it seems and everyone has secrets . . . Told with mesmerising skill, it is a compelling portrait of isolation and the strain it exerts on even the strongest character. A little masterpiece * Daily Mail * Another splendid slice of outback noir...Fabulously atmospheric, the book starts slowly and gradually picks up pace towards a jaw-dropping denouement * Guardian, Best Recent Crime and Thrillers * In just a couple of years, Jane Harper has soared into the first rank of contemporary crime writers. The Lost Man... returns to the parched landscape she used to such powerful effect in her debut, The Dry... Three generations of women - the dead man's mother, wife and daughters - struggle to come to terms with terrible events, and the family's shocking history holds the key to this superb murder mystery * Sunday Times * Harper secures her place as queen of outback noir with this haunting family mystery * Sunday Times Crime Club, star pick *
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About Jane Harper

Jane Harper is the author of the international bestsellers The Dry and Force of Nature. Her books are published in more than 36 territories worldwide, and The Dry is being made into a major film starring Eric Bana. Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and now lives in Melbourne.
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