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Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
  

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 3 December 2009.

A gripping thriller that will keep you glued from beginning to end. When Adam Kindred finds himself caught up in a murder and has to lose himself in the anonymous, homeless underbelly of London he finds he is running not only from the police but from a real psychopathic killer. Can he prove his innocence before one or other catches up to him. Not only is this a terrific thriller but a perceptive comment on society today. Unputdownable.

If you like William Boyd you might also like to read books by John le Carre, Philip Hensher and Alan Hollinghurst.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. When a man at the next table in a restaurant leaves a folder behind, Adam Kindred, newly arrived in London, returns it to his home. He finds the man stabbed, and when he dies a terrified Adam flees the scene. Now on the run, he takes on a new identity, living rough. This fast-paced thriller hinges on an unscrupulous drug company trying to get hold of the folder. Boyd creates a compelling narrative of conspiracy and corruption and paints a disturbingly real portrait of how a simple act of kindness can have disastrous consequences.
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Synopsis

Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd

It is May in Chelsea, London. The glittering river is unusually high on an otherwise ordinary afternoon. Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, ambles along the Embankment, admiring the view. He is pleasantly surprised to come across a little Italian bistro down a leafy side street. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards.

With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents through which Adam will lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, mobile phone - never to get them back.

The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down - underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing that throng London's lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. His quest will take him all along the River Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the sink estates of the East End, and on the way he will encounter all manner of London's denizens - aristocrats, prostitutes, evangelists and policewomen amongst them - and version after new version of himself.

William Boyd's electric follow-up to Costa Novel of the Year Restless is a heart-in-mouth conspiracy novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of everyday city.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR RESTLESS: 'Boyd is English fiction's master storyteller

Restless is that rare thing: a spy thriller from a first-rate narrative intelligence
Independent

'A good, rollicking read

pulls you deep in to the obscure, forgotten intricacies of wartime espionage

will keep you turning pages until the end'
Observer

'[Boyd] has probably written more truly classic books than any of his contemporaries'
Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

William Boyd

William Boyd is the author of eleven novels including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet and adapted into a Channel 4 drama; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection; Ordinary Thunderstorms and, most recently, the Sunday Times bestseller, Waiting for Sunrise. William Boyd lives in London and France.

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Publication date

7th September 2009

Author

William Boyd

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Author's Website

www.williamboyd.co.uk/
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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408802397

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