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The Fall Guy: A Novel Paperback – November 14, 2017

3.5 out of 5 stars 111 ratings

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““[Lasdun has] the natural capacity to wield words with uncanny and disorienting power. . . .The Fall Guy has the quality of a dream that follows its own terrible logic, impossible to break free from, never to be forgotten after you wake up.””
- BookPage

“Exceptionally entertaining…The Fall Guy reads like early Ian McEwan or late Patricia Highsmith…Lasdun is masterly in his story’s construction…This is exactly what a literary thriller should be: intelligent, careful, swift, unsettling.”
- New York Times Book Review

““With its deftly constructed narratives of guilt and buried resentment, The Fall Guy is more accessible than Lasdun’s previous novels. . . . [W]atching Matthew, Charlie and Chloe lure one another into a trap not quite of their own making has a certain shivery fascination . . . you think of Highsmith or Hitchcock.””
- The Guardian

“What a sinister and searching novel this is―and what a delight. James Lasdun is one of our great writers.”
- Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland

“Elegant and disturbing… This simple-seeming novel, so graceful in its unfolding, proves dense with psychological detail and sly social observations.”
- Wall Street Journal

“James Lasdun has written an elegantly suspenseful novel set in a brilliantly realized affluent upstate New York community not unlike Woodstock―his characters are achingly real, and the self-deceptions that drive them so insightfully depicted, we might almost mistake them for our own. Truly a ‘page-turner’―propelled toward just the right ending.”
- Joyce Carol Oates

“Expertly playing the noir card, Lasdun dissects the mercurial relationships among a wealthy financier, his photographer wife and an aimless cousin during a long hot summer in upstate New York. There are plenty of lies and betrayals in this stylish thriller, but it’s the slow burn of obsession that makes it sing.”
- People

“In The Fall Guy, James Lasdun brings the signature gifts to contemporary noir that he’s displayed in other literary venues―wit, style, an attractive gravitas. And the tale itself is sharp, acute in its observations, and absorbing. It’s a rich read.”
- Norman Rush, author of Subtle Bodies

“A twisty, chilly, exquisitely written, and tautly suspenseful exploration of big ideas in the guise of a psychological thriller. . .Lasdun’s prose is both lapidary and hypnotic.”
- Boston Globe

“As the pages turn, the nervous tension ticks ever higher in Lasdun’s combustible psychological thriller.”
- Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

James Lasdun is the author of Afternoon of a Faun, The Fall Guy, The Horned Man, Seven Lies, several poetry and short story collections, and a memoir. He lives in Brooklyn.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 7 ounces
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393354946
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393354942
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint Edition (November 14, 2017)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111 ratings