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Dark Places (Dark Places Of The Earth) [Kindle Edition]

Jon Evans
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An acclaimed, award-winning thriller, published and translated around the world.

Paul Wood is a modern vagabond, a man who chooses to leave the comforts of San Francisco to spend months backpacking through some of the world's most challenging terrain. While hiking in the Himalayas, Paul gets more of a rush than he bargained for when he finds the body of a murdered hiker - killed in a way he has witnessed once before, in Africa, years ago and thousands of miles away.

The police in Nepal, anxious to quell a scandal, close the case and declare the victim a suicide. Only Paul is left to search for answers. He reaches out to his farflung tribe of fellow backpackers for help, and his discoveries lead him to a terrible conclusion: a killer is stalking the international backpacker trail, preying on victims in wild places far beyond the reach of any authorities. A killer whom Paul may already know.

Finding the murderer becomes an obsession that leads Paul from Himalayan peaks, through the jungles of Indonesia, across the bleak Sahara desert -- and into some of the darkest places imaginable...

Dark Places
won the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this haunting suspense debut, Evans takes the reader on a page-turning adventure across five continents in search of a gruesome serial killer who has been targeting travelers in Third World nations. Paul Wood, a San Francisco computer programmer and rugged budget backpacker, is hiking in the Himalayas when he stumbles upon a mutilated corpse with a Swiss army knife plunged into each eye. This is a freakish coincidence: Paul discovered the body of his then girlfriend mysteriously murdered in much the same way two years before in remote central Africa. Finding that even more murders seem to fit the eerie pattern, he begins his own investigation with the help of a (poorly developed) Bosnian love interest named Talena. Eventually joined by his backpacking friends from the fateful trip through central Africa, he decides to take justice into his own hands. Entertaining (but totally implausible) plot twists will keep readers guessing through the book's bone-chilling buildup and brutal climax, while slangy, conversational prose will make it easy to fly through the pages. But secondary characters are often flat and unrealistic, and Paul's vigilante bravado and world-traveler cockiness won't be to everyone's taste.
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"You're hooked ... the characters are delightfully delineated ... beautifully controlled ... Evans contrives to slip the necessary specialist net-head detail into the plot without being boring or patronising. He can also pin down a character with a few details deftly brushed in ... A pacy thriller for the 21st century." - The Times

"A stunning debut novel from a thriller writer to watch ... a breathtaking thriller." - Western Daily Press

"A taut thriller ... Evans keeps you guessing and leaves you with the uncomfortable realization of just how plausible this all could be. A real page-turner." - Ms. London

"Easily the year's creepiest crime novel." - The Calgary Herald

"Anyone would enjoy Evans' clever, relentlessly absorbing debut thriller that becomes a lot more than just another serial-killer mystery." - The Ottawa Citizen

"It's very, very good. If you are au fait with the lore and background of international backpacking, it's probably even better ... Will there be more? I certainly hope so." - The Globe & Mail

"In this haunting suspense debut, Evans takes the reader on a page-turning adventure across five continents ... (a) spooky, inventive tale." - Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060594233
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I6JUG8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining chilling thriller June 26, 2004
Format:Paperback
San Francisco computer programmer Paul Wood enjoys backpacking in remote unreachable places around the globe. Currently he hikes the rough terrain of the Himalayas on the sustenance budget plan when he finds a mutilated corpse with Swiss army knives stabbed through each eye. Paul is more than shook at seeing the body as two years ago he and his girlfriend were in central Africa when she was murdered in the same macabre manner.
Paul soon learns other people were killed with the same creepy modus operendi. Unable to ignore his preliminary findings Paul and his current girlfriend Bosnian Talena investigate. Other travelers from the central African tragedy join Paul when he decides to avenge the budget backpacking world by taking out a serial killer.
This entertaining but chilling thriller provides readers with a look at the backpacking community that reside in youth hostels or outside as they hike the planet. The story line hooks the readers with its twists and turns, albeit not all seem real, but no one will care. Paul is a terrific protagonist as he travels the orb although it is difficult to accept this gentle soul as a vengeful fighting machine. Still fans of dark suspense will appreciate this eerie tale as they hitch a ride with Jon Evans to extremely DARK PLACES.
Harriet Klausner
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The book is about a backpacker who finds a dead body on a trail in Nepal, which has been mutilated in the same way his girlfriend was in Cameroon two years previously. Our hero sets out to find the killer. The book's about much more than that, however. It's about recovering from the death of a loved one. It's about backpacking, and travelling around the world, and needing to do so to the point where you only take jobs that will give you months of leave. It's about the bursting of the Internet bubble. It's about the concept of tribe, a chosen family that is your support network no matter how far away they are. It's about using the Internet to find people and track them down. And, yeah, there's a cool mystery in there, too. Evans captures the feeling of being on the edge of 30, and unwilling to buy into the two-kids-and-a-dog suburban lifestyle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning January 11, 2013
By Visa
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Just Does not follow through for me. The first half of the book held me in suspense and as the mystery built I wanted to know what happened more and more. The ending however I feel was tied up rather quickly and was kind of obvious. The author did leave a window open for a sequel so I am curious to know what happens next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is not considered a cult novel for nothing August 26, 2013
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this was a book that I fell into while looking for another book of basically the same title (by g. flynn - and hers was also great). this is a can't-put-it-down book with suspense, gore, twists and plain good story-telling. i enjoyed it from page one until the end and the fact that it's full of outdoor trekking, climbing, fresh cold air and all things that I have not much to do with, is beside the point. this is the second copy I bought. it's the kind of book that you need a spare copy to lend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting enough May 26, 2013
By Zita
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A bit predictable, but still interesting. Acceptable way to spend the time in airport or anywhere you have to wait for something.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average story April 23, 2013
By Puggies
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The book had a predictable ending and in the beginning promised more than it ended up delivering. Left the door open for another book but I will not be following this option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I've spent many months over the years on the "Banana Pancake" trail, hauling a backpack through Asia and elsewhere, solo or with friends, seeking the next thrill, brooding over the meaning of it all, and watching the world mutate around me. A lot of people who have done the same have speculated on how to process this experience into something like a novel, and Evans does an admirable job turning the world backpack adventure into a decent murder mystery. While I can't say I enjoyed his writing style, and found the dialogue at times pretty painful to read, the overall experience was good, and the plot kept me guessing until the end.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read more like a dairy than a mystery thirller July 11, 2005
Format:Paperback
I was very disappointed with this book. The premise is good enough. There is a serial killer out there, hunting down unsuspecting travelers. And since the murders occur away from the western world, there is a tendency for the killer to get away with it. Sounds good enough right?
Well yes and no.
The descriptions of life on the trail, the attention to detail of life in the third world, etc. is all done very well. It is obvious that the author has done his share of traveling. But when it comes to crafting a mystery novel, once which keeps the reader guessing and wanting to read more, the author falls short. The protagonist is able to 'solve' the mystery of who the serial killer is in record time, and he does so in an almost elementary fashion.
If you are looking for a light read that captures what it is like to travel to third world countries, then this book might interest you. But if you are looking for a mystery novel with lots of twists and turns, you're better off leaving this book on the shelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Places of the Earth
OH my gosh! This book was amazing! The author, Jon Evans has given me so many new perspectives on things. Suddenly, I just want to walk everywhere and go exploring! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Twisty58
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark places
I liked the suspense and mystery the story brought to my imagination. The solution will make you confront your morals. The ending leaves one with hope about life and love.
Published 1 month ago by Marison Dy
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness isn't always invisible
I was truly unprepared for this story! If you want to step into a world on the edge here is a great read.
Published 1 month ago by S. C. Wolfenden
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Dark Places
I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK. COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER PROOFED FOR ERRORS, BUT ALL IN ALL A VERY INTERESTING READ.
Published 1 month ago by Patsy A. Fesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and fascinating
Thought provoking and chilling. Great settings around the globe and a novel twist regarding serial killers. You will love it.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel P. Wela
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a book about lonely planet travellers and the unusual circumstances of a number of deaths. The book takes one to some far away places and through a murder mystery. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dierpap
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books of all time!
Excellent mystery, great characters, loved this book from the second I picked it up. If u haven't read Jon Evans yet, you need to start! Read more
Published 9 months ago by hsk1
4.0 out of 5 stars Third World settings, First Class read
Downloaded this book as it was free on Kindle, and was hoping for an entertaining read. Well I got it! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brad Thiedecke
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Great book with a nicely paced plot line. Very enjoyable to read! Looking forward to more books by this author
Published 10 months ago by D. Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice, mostly comfortable read.
Dark Places (Dark Places Of The Earth) [Kindle Edition], by Jon Evans, kept me hanging on. It was a good story, not especially fast moving but with much about exotic places I had... Read more
Published 11 months ago by William Oterson
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More About the Author

I always wanted to be a writer. I travel a lot - more than 70 countries across six continents, to date. My novel DARK PLACES won Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, and has been translated into Dutch, German, and Japanese; my recent Vertigo Crime graphic novel THE EXECUTOR was nominated for a Spinetingler Award, appeared on several best-of-the-year-lists, and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. My most recent book, and I think my favorite, is my "children's book for grown-ups" BEASTS OF NEW YORK. I'm not so secretly planning to write a sequel or two. I write novels, scripts, magazine journalism, a weekly column for the irreverent tech site TechCrunch, and software. It is fair to say that I am easily bored.

For far, far more about me than you probably ever wanted to know, see my web site rezendi.com.

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