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Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2010: In his surprising new novel (think The Fugitive meets Nobody's Fool), William Boyd explores how one chance occurrence can evolve rapidly into a life-leveling storm. Climatologist Adam Kindred is trying to establish a new life in London (far from his failed marriage and ruined career in the US) when he inadvertently stumbles upon a botched murder and becomes the chief suspect. Boyd manages to breathe new life into the wrong-man tale, weaving together vivid back-stories of intriguing characters, from the hired killer desperate to clean up his mess, to the ruthless executives out for profit, to the hardscrabble individuals Kindred meets while on the run. Ordinary Thunderstorms is anything but ordinary--an ambitious, engaging thriller that also raises questions about identity, religion, and social responsibility. --Daphne Durham
Whitbread-winner Boyd (A Good Man in Africa) ventures into thriller territory with this fast-paced Hitchcockian wrong-man whodunit. While in London interviewing for an academic posting, climatologist Adam Kindred, by chance, meets immunologist Philip Wang at a restaurant. When Wang leaves a folder full of papers behind, Adam tries to return them to Wang's flat only to find the man's bloody corpse—and to leave evidence of his visit all over. Fearful of pursuing police and a persistent hired assassin, Adam flees with Wang's papers and goes underground. Meanwhile, at Wang's pharmaceutical company, the CEO uncovers a coup brewing to oust him and rush to market the anti-allergy drug Wang hadn't yet finished testing and for which the missing papers are crucial data. The disparate story lines eventually weave a competently plotted tale of corporate and criminal skullduggery that bows under the weight of improbable coincidences and stock characters. (Feb.)
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This is a great romp. Everything that could go wrong for the protagonist does, but the interesting characters he meets along the way, and what he becomes as a result is worth... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Caroline Brinkley
I recently read "Restless" by the same author and enjoyed it. This book seems to have been written by a different author. Read morePublished 8 days ago by dennis weller
I loved the story line Boyd excellent writer. The editing by harpers was crippling horrible.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not terrible, certainly, but I couldn't say I liked it.
Why, especially as I'm a fan of his other novels?
First off, I found the premise hard to believe. Read more
Very well written, as are all of William Boyd's novels. Kept my interest all the way through.Published 3 months ago by N. Dunaway
...now was so marginal it couldn’t really be described as human.”
Ordinary Thunderstorms is a story I would not normally choose and only read because it was this month’s... Read more
The storyline is fine though not as compelling for me as that of Boyd's Restless. My rating has to do with the print errors. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DelphiD
After reading about Wm. Boyd’s multi-award winning novels I recently purchased this mystery/thriller. After a few pages I was completely hooked. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frances
Boyd never disappoints. Fantastic writing from the first page to the lastPublished 8 months ago by Michael G. Drotar