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The Lost Man

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

By Jane Harper

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Three brothers. One death. No answers.

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!'



Biographical Notes

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, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. 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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Harper secures her place as queen of outback noir with this haunting family mystery — Sunday Times Crime Club, star pick
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
A third superb novel from the author of bestseller The Dry . . . Harper's intricate, beautifully woven mystery...sucks 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
A riveting, deeply atmospheric read — Mail on Sunday
Harper's The Lost Man is storytelling at its finest — Daily Mail USA
I read it in 24 hours. It's gripping, atmospheric and ultimately deeply satisfying — Val McDermid
I absolutely loved The Lost Man. I devoured it in a day. Her best yet! — Liane Moriarty
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
I loved this hugely atmospheric thriller with beautifully-drawn characters — Laura Marshall
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
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
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)
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
"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)
The Lost Man, like The Dry, is a study in isolation and its psychological and physical effects — New York Times
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
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 sinewy prose and flinty characters compel...Jaw-dropping denouement — Publishers Weekly
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
The fantastic Jane Harper's third novel marks a highly anticipated return to the intense setting of the Australian outback — St Albans Review
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
Against an unforgiving landscape, Harper's story has the qualities of an epic, its plot specific, its themes universal — Belfast Telegraph
In seemingly no time Jane Harper has gone from excellent debut to consistent brilliance — Weekend Spot
The fantastic Jane Harper's third novel marks a highly anticipated return to the intense setting of the Australian outback — Watford Observer
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