The Lost Man (Hardcover)
Nathan and Bub, two brothers meet at the Stockman's Grave where their third brother Cameron has met his horrific end. Beautiful yet at times inhospitable, the Australian outback seems to have claimed another victim. The slow reveal of the secrets and old wounds at the heart of the family kept me turning pages unable to step away. Through her detailed and vivid writing, Jane Harper brought not only this family to life but brilliantly captured the isolation and harsh life on an Australian cattle station. My favorite of her books so far!— Lisa
Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane Harper
Brothers Nathan and Bub Bright meet for the first time in months at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback.
Their third brother, Cameron, lies dead at their feet.
In an isolated belt of Australia, their homes a three-hour drive apart, the brothers were one another’s nearest neighbors. Cameron was the middle child, the one who ran the family homestead. But something made him head out alone under the unrelenting sun.
Nathan, Bub and Nathan’s son return to Cameron’s ranch and to those left behind by his passing: his wife, his daughters, and his mother, as well as their long-time employee and two recently hired seasonal workers.
While they grieve Cameron’s loss, suspicion starts to take hold, and Nathan is forced to examine secrets the family would rather leave in the past. Because if someone forced Cameron to his death, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.
A powerful and brutal story of suspense set against a formidable landscape, The Lost Man confirms Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature, is one of the best new voices in writing today.
About the Author
Jane Harper is the author of The Dry. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript,The Dry is Jane’s first novel, with rights sold to over twenty territories. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne.
"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."
"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)
“I absolutely loved The Lost Man. I devoured it in a day. Her best yet!”
“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, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat
“I read it in 24 hours. It’s gripping, atmospheric and ultimately deeply satisfying.”
—Val McDermid, internationally bestselling author of The Grave Tattoo
“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, internationally bestselling author of The Break
“I ask in earnest: How the hell does she do it? The Lost Man is Jane Harper’s third consecutive marvel… and, against long odds, her most marvelous yet, pitting brother against brother, man against nature, reader against the clock. What an extraordinary novel: part family drama, part indelible ode to the Outback — a thriller as forceful and atmospheric as a brewing storm. Harper works miracles. We’re lucky to witness them.”
—A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window