The Lost Man

The Lost Man

Book - 2019 | First U.S. edition.
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When their middle brother Cameron, who went missing the week before Christmas, is found dead, Nathan and Bub are forced to confront devastating secrets.

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Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead, in this stunning new standalone novel from Jane Harper

Brothers Nathan and Bub Bright meet for the first time in months at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback.

Their third brother, Cameron, lies dead at their feet.

In an isolated belt of Australia, their homes a three-hour drive apart, the brothers were one another’s nearest neighbors. Cameron was the middle child, the one who ran the family homestead. But something made him head out alone under the unrelenting sun.

Nathan, Bub and Nathan’s son return to Cameron’s ranch and to those left behind by his passing: his wife, his daughters, and his mother, as well as their long-time employee and two recently hired seasonal workers.

While they grieve Cameron’s loss, suspicion starts to take hold, and Nathan is forced to examine secrets the family would rather leave in the past. Because if someone forced Cameron to his death, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.

A powerful and brutal story of suspense set against a formidable landscape, The Lost Man confirms Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature, is one of the best new voices in writing today.

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Meeting at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches on an isolated belt of the Australian outback, two brothers navigate the haunting realities of the isolation that ended their third brother's life. By the best-selling author of The Dry.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250105684
Branch Call Number: MYS HAR
Characteristics: 340 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Feb 05, 2020

This book was refreshingly wonderful - one of those books where you go back and re-read sections so that you can absorb it again and admire the layout of the clues. As others have said it set in a fantastically different landscape, you feel you are there appreciating and shivering at the other-worldly nature of the setting and the sinister developments. Keeps you guessing but not getting angry while waiting for the conclusion.

Dec 28, 2019

I would put this as the BEST BOOK I've read in years (I read about one every two days). Yes, it is slow-paced, but that's what life in the outback is like. It is extremely gripping however... and with enough twists to keep you at the edge of your seat all the way to the end.

I would give this TEN stars if I could.

Dec 12, 2019

A great mystery. Also about family dynamics. Her best so far.

Nicr Oct 03, 2019

Once again in Harper, extreme Australia provides powerful atmosphere in this story about the mysterious death of the main character's brother--the favorite son. But who was the dead man, really? Disfunctional family drama in the outback.

Sep 30, 2019

This is the story of three brothers who live in an unforgiving place. Where you don't dare leave home without a radio, a fully stocked cooler, spare tires, and a can of gas. Where a wrong turn can end in tragedy and your only hope for help is over 3 hours away.

Why would a man leave his air-conditioned car, walk 9 kilometers in the heat, and allow himself to succumb to dehydration? As the mystery unfolds, you can feel your mouth go dry with every turn of the page as you are led further down a very dark and twisted road.

Jane Harper's description of the outback is so vivid, you can feel the sandy grit on your skin and find yourself needing a cool drink. This is my favorite of the three books she's written and I look forward to more.

Aug 26, 2019

Loved this book. Jane Harper is definitely one of the best new authors out today.

Aug 15, 2019

An interesting family saga in an interesting isolated location in Australia. But the story took too long to unfold for me and was ultimately disappointing.

JCLKariE Jul 03, 2019

The blazing hot Australian Outback. One brother dead. One brother found him. The final brother is determined to figure out what killed him. Loneliness? Mental illness? The call of the empty, vast desert? Or something more disturbing? Harper's harsh landscape and tough ranchers hooked me from the start. This is a great summer read with a glass of cool lemonade at hand.

May 23, 2019

Great read. Love this author!

Apr 11, 2019

Australian back country mystery. Another Jane Harper thriller. Not quite as good as the Dry, but well worth my time reading.
Suggest Dry for book club rather than this.

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