A corrupt english lawyer who has escaped prosecution by fleeing to the East, Doyle spends his nights drinking and gambling and his days sleeping off his excesses, continually haunted by his past. A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A Novel #ad - As night falls on macau and the neon signs that line the rain-slick streets come alive, Doyle – “Lord Doyle” to his fellow players – descends into his casino of choice to try his luck at the baccarat tables that are the anchor of his current existence. But as doyle attempts to make a rare and true connection, all that he accepts as reality seems to be slipping from his grasp.
Resonant of classics by dostoevsky and Graham Greene, The Ballad of a Small Player is a timeless tale steeped in eerie suspense and rich atmosphere.
Hunters in the Dark: A NovelHogarth #ad - As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future. And on that first night, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, a suave American, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events-- involving a bag of “jinxed” money, and a rich doctor’s daughter-- that changes Robert’s life forever.
Hunters in the dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with hitchcockian twists and turns, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel #ad - From the novelist the new york times compares to paul bowles, an evocative new work of literary suspense Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing.
The Forgiven: A NovelHogarth #ad - He gradually reveals the jolting backstory of the young man who was killed and leaves David’s fate in the balance as the novel builds to a shattering conclusion. Now with extra libris material, including a Q&A and bonus content. Then the boy's irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone's control.
With spare, searing eroticism, evocative prose, and a gift for the unexpected, Osborne memorably portrays the privileged guests wrestling with their secrets amid the remoteness and beauty of the desert landscape. In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party.
The Forgiven: A Novel #ad - David and jo henniger, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends' home, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, a doctor and a children's book author, deep in the Moroccan desert. But as a groggy david navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves.
. And one boy is left dead. When david and jo arrive at the party, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, already disgusted by the rich, the Moroccan staff, soon learn of David's unforgiveable act.
Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of PleasureNorth Point Press #ad - Broke but no longer in pain, he finds that he can live in Bangkok on a few dollars a day. And so the restless exile stays. A guide without inhibitions, osborne takes us to a feverish place where a strange blend of ancient Buddhist practice and new sexual mores has created a version of modernity only superficially indebted to the West.
Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry. A passionate, a night with two prostitutes dressed as nuns, affectionate record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottEST METROPOLIS Tourists come to Bangkok for many reasons—a sex change operation, a stay in a luxury hotel. Osborne's is a visceral experience of bangkok, whether he's wandering the canals that fill the old city; dining at the No Hands Restaurant, where his waitress feeds him like a baby; or launching his own notably unsuccessful career as a gigolo.
Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of Pleasure #ad - Bangkok days is a love letter to the city that revived Osborne's faith in adventure and the world.
Beautiful Animals: A NovelHogarth #ad - This is a great book. Truly difficult to put down. Let’s not mince words. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion. In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship, and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.
Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy british art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, convinces Sam, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies.
Beautiful Animals: A Novel #ad - Sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, and the story is cracking. Lionel shriver, Washington Post "Startlingly good. Osborne has been described as an heir to Graham Greene, and he shares with Greene an interest in what might be called the moral thriller. Katie kitamura, new york times Book Review"A seductively menacing new thriller by Lawrence Osborne.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe NovelHogarth #ad - Lawrence osborne brings one of literature’s most enduring detectives back to life—as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure. Named one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review and npr • nominated for the edgar and shamus awardsthe year is 1988. As much a meditation on aging and memory as it is a crime thriller.
Los angeles times “it’s the kind of book where, when you read it, it turns the world to black and white for a half-hour afterward. But is zinn actually alive? are the pair living off the spoils? Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon.
Praise for only to sleep “a new case for Philip Marlowe and—have a smell from the barrel, all you gunsels and able grables —it crackles. The new york times book review Editors’ Choice “Brilliant. And philip marlowe—now in his seventy-second year—is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel #ad - His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn—supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song.
It hangs with you like a scar.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's JourneyBroadway Books #ad - Selected as a top ten book of the year by dwight garner, new york timesa “fearlessly honest account” Financial Times of man’s love of drink, and an insightful meditation on the meaning of alcohol consumption across cultures worldwide Drinking alcohol: a beloved tradition, a dangerous addiction, even “a sickness of the soul” as once described by a group of young Muslim men in Bali.
In his wide-ranging travels, lawrence osborne—a veritable connoisseur himself—has witnessed opposing views of alcohol across cultures worldwide, sometimes unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts between East and West, and often irreverent travel narrative, compelling him to wonder: is drinking alcohol a sign of civilization and sanity, The Wet and the Dry offers provocative, or the very reverse? Where do societies fall on the spectrum between indulgence and restraint? An immersing, controversial, and the surprising influence of drinking on the contemporary world today.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's Journey #ad - Now with an excerpt from Lawrence Osborne's latest novel, The Ballad of a Small Player.
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport MallNorth Point Press #ad - From the theme resorts of dubai to the jungles of papua new Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic east—and of the tour itselfSick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself. What, and "back to nature" trips? what does tourism, funny, hotels, perceptive, praised by the new york times book review as "smart, cosmetic-surgery packages, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, have to sell? A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Westernmind, spiritual retreats, the world's single largest business, spas, generous, Osborne asks, The Naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseur, sex clubs, sensible.
". He took a six-month journey across the so-called Asian Highway—a swathe of Southeast Asia that, since the Victorian era, has seduced generations of tourists with its manufactured dreams of the exotic Orient. And like many a lost soul on this same route, he ended up in the harrowing forests of Papua, searching for a people who have never seen a tourist.
The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine WorldNorth Point Press #ad - Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, wheelers and dealers, opinionated critics, trade wars, industry magnates and small farmers, the author explores the way technological change, consumer trends, and mass market tastes have made the elixir we drink today entirely different from the wine drunk by our grandparents.
In his search for wine that is a true expression of the place that produced it, Osborne takes the reader from the high-tech present to the primitive past. What is taste? is it individual or imposed on us from the outside? Why are so many of us so intimidated when presented with the wine list at a restaurant? In The Accidental Connoisseur, journalist Lawrence Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of some answers.
The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World #ad - On the way, and, delightful, entertaining, down to earth, who consumes it, little-understood drink: who produces it and why, we will be shown the vast tapestry of this much-desired, who critiques it? Enchanting, above all, this is a wine book like no other. From a lavish lunch with wine tsar robert mondavi to the cellars of marquis piero antinori in florence, $27 million wineries, Osborne winds his way through Renaissance palaces, from the tasting rooms of Chateau Lafite to the humble vineyards of northern Lazio, tin shacks and garages, San Francisco, as well as the great cities which are the temples of wine consumption: New York, renowned villages and obscure landscapes, Florence, opulent restaurants, world-famous chais and vineyards, Paris, and Rome.
THE KING OF MACAU: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 9Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - From his little unmarked office on Hollywood Road, he works quietly to solve the problems his big-money clients don’t want anyone else to know they have. One of the world’s largest casino operators discovers a massive money-laundering scheme at its casino in Macau and they go to Jack Shepherd to get it stopped.
He wants shepherd to slip him out of Macau and get him political asylum in America, maybe with a nice beach house in Hawaii thrown in for good measure. And just like that shepherd is tumbling headlong through this modern-day Casablanca on the South China Sea, hustlers, a bubbling cauldron of gunrunners, con men, gamblers, money launderers, gangsters, and spies.
Jack shepherd is a delight, a sharp-witted lawyer with a drive for justice forced to reside in a world of hard men who don’t believe in the rule of law. The malaysia star "fans of such thriller writers as elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen will find lots to like here: wise-cracking crooks, nefarious government agents, an ordinary Joe out of his depth, tough broads, plot twists, and scenery with character.
THE KING OF MACAU: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 9 #ad - The asian review of books jack Shepherd is a lawyer, but he doesn’t much like to admit it. Get it now! A man who knows the most secret schemes of the North Korean government has found out Shepherd still has high-level connections in Washington. It is also a stronghold of Chinese organized crime, which makes it a dicey place for a white guy to go around asking questions.
Shepherd is in macau ducking Chinese gangsters and searching for the source of the black money swamping the casinos when he is sucked into another bizarre caper.
Gravesend: A NovelPegasus Books #ad - In this masterful work of neo-noir, william Boyle expertly captures the grit and desperation of a neighborhood in flux, and spotlights the neighbors who find themselves caught up in the crimes of the past. Some worship him and some want him dead, but either way, tensions run high when “Ray Boy” Calabrese is released from prison.
It’s been sixteen years since Ray Boy’s actions led to the death of a young man. Alessandra and conway are walking eerily similar paths—staring down the rest of their lives, caring for their aging fathers, lost in the youths they squandered—and each must decide what comes next. In the tradition of american noir authors like Dennis Lehane and James Ellroy, William Boyle’s Gravesend brings the titular neighborhood to life in this story of revenge, desperation, and escape.
Gravesend: A Novel #ad - But even with the perfect plan in place, Conway can’t bring himself to take the ultimate revenge on Ray Boy, which sends him into a spiral of self-loathing and soul-searching. Meanwhile, a failed actress, returns to her native gravesend after the death of her cancer-stricken mother, Alessandra, torn between the desperate need to escape back to Los Angeles as quickly as possible and the ease with which she could sink back into neighborhood life.
The victim's brother, is a 29-year-old brooklynite wasting away at a local Rite Aid, Conway D'Innocenzio, stuck in the past and drawn into a darker side of himself when he hears of Ray Boy’s freedom.