One May evening in London, as a result of a chance encounter and a split-second decision, the young climatologist Adam Kindred loses everything - home, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, money - never to get them back.
With the police and a hit man in merciless pursuit, Adam has no choice but to go underground, joining the ranks of the disappeared, struggling to understand how his life has unravelled so spectacularly.
His journey of discovery will take him along the Thames from Chelsea to the sink estates of the East End.
On the way he encounters aristocrats, priests, prostitutes and a policewoman - but will he ever find himself again?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/06/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408802854
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews.
Review by Diccon.Bewes
A literary thriller? Or an unbelievably contrived story? Maybe a bit of both. Definitely a page-turner that's well-written and enjoyable.
Review by YossarianXeno
Another highly readable William Boyd novel, albeit not as as original or convincing as other things he's written. The subject - a falsely accused murder suspect fleeing injustice in London - is a little more mainstream than other Boyd works, but in plotting, character development and general description this remains well above that of your average book. But my gripe about this novel is the ending: what happened? Essentially, when it feels like there should be a few more chapters describing how events unfolded, there is just a brief, unsatisfactory summary chapter. Did Boyd suddenly decide he couldn't be bothered to finish the book?
Review by bhowell
William Boyd is such an accomplished writer that when he decides to write a thriller , it is a very exciting read. The bad guys are sinister but occasionally quite humourous and the plot is tight . I thought I had it figured but was delighted to be wrong.Highly recommended.
Review by everfresh1
Barely managed to finish - slow and stretched out. Also seems improbable, but that could be just me: wouldn't be running if I had nothing to do with the crime.
Review by Daftboy1
This is a really good read bit unbelievable in places but overall a really good well written enjoyable story Main character is Adam Kincaid he is wanted for a murder of a scientist he didn't commit the Police are looking for him and so is the real killer. Adam becomes a tramp and meets some interesting characters along the way, The Scientist who was murdered was about to expose a large drug company for negligence. Fast paced interesting story.