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THE FALL GUY: a novel


“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.” The New York Times

“engaging, effortlessly readable… Lasdun’s writing style is clean and straightforward. All the complexity resides in character and detail. This is masterfully controlled 2am noir.” Lionel Shriver, The Financial Times

“Already drawing comparisons to “Gone Girl’’ and “The Girl on the Train’’ — but more aptly described as the literary descendant of Dostoyevsky and Patricia Highsmith in an alluring contemporary setting — “The Fall Guy’’ is a twisty, chilly, exquisitely written, and tautly suspenseful exploration of big ideas in the guise of a psychological thriller.” The Boston Globe

“Blood spills – I think I can tell you that – and a brilliantly unbearable pivotal scene is erotic, tense and absurd. Even after we get an idea of what’s going on, it’s still a shock to see the method by which Lasdun relieves the tension he builds so well. Little time bombs of detail are satisfyingly detonated… First time around, you read to find out what happens; but the artistry in this morally complex, coolly seductive portrait of an imploding psyche means that there is plenty to admire on a repeat visit. The Literary Review (UK)

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This is the official website of the writer James Lasdun, and the only reliably accurate source of information about his work.

James_LasdunJames Lasdun was born in London in 1958 and now lives in the US. He has published three novels, four collections of poetry and four books of short stories, including the selection The Siege, the title story of which was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci (Besieged). His most recent books are Bluestone: New and Selected Poems and The Fall Guy, a novel. With Jonathan Nossiter he co-wrote the films Sunday, which won Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at Sundance, and Signs and Wonders, starring Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgaard. With Michael Hofmann he edited the anthology After Ovid: New Metamorphoses. With his wife Pia Davis he has written two guide books, Walking and Eating in Tuscany and Umbria, and Walking and Eating in Provence. His essays and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, The Guardian and The New Yorker.

His work has been widely translated and won numerous awards, including the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award. He has been a finalist for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. His first novel, The Horned Man, was a New York Times Notable Book, and his second, Seven Lies, was longlisted for the Booker Man Prize.

Critical appraisals of his work include reviews by James Wood in The Guardian and Gabriele Annan in the New York Review of Books.

“James Lasdun seems to be one of the secret gardens of English writing…when we read him we know what language is for… Lasdun is a poet, and of course, one would expect, on his part, an enlarged attention to prose. It is easy to forget how very ordinary most contemporary prose-writers are… Lasdun’s prose, by contrast, is neither too fancy nor too regular. It is flexible, rich, metaphorical, and lovely… In sentence after sentence, the reader feels Lasdun’s words shaping and then freely donating a world to us, with great flexible artistry.”  — James Wood, The Guardian


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