The Lost Man

The Lost Man

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Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbor, their homes four hours' drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250105684
1250105684
Characteristics: 340 pages : map ; 24 cm
Call Number: HARPER, J

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AUSTRALIA. Travel to the Outback and uncover the secrets of a rural community in this bestselling stand-alone mystery.

"Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead."

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Nicr Oct 03, 2019

Once again in Harper, extreme Australia provides powerful atmosphere in this story about the mysterious death of the main character's brother--the favorite son. But who was the dead man, really? Disfunctional family drama in the outback.

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DCLadults Feb 13, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback of Australia. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Another hit for Jane Harper!


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RubyHocker
Jul 03, 2020

This is a slow moving and interesting mystery but also a great story in terms of the character development.

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WritingChick65
Apr 18, 2020

I picked up this book on a whim and I'm glad I did. This page-turner starts with the discovery of a body in the Australian outback. The dead man is Cameron Bright, the middle of son of three brothers. The question is, how did Cameron, a man who knew the land and its dangers, come to be found at an old landmark known as the stockman's grave? It is murder or suicide? This is more than just a mystery. It is a character-driven story that has Harper delving into topics such as family dynamics and abuse. The harsh, unforgiving Australian outback, wonderfully described, is character on its own. Others may find this book slow, but I was so wrapped up the story of the Bright family, particularly Nathan's story, that I found the book hard to put down. I'm usually good at guessing the culprit way ahead of time, but Harper kept me in suspense to the end. A worthwhile read that will turn you into a Harper fan.

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dsw3914
Feb 26, 2020

I thought it was very average. I have read worse but it is no Stieg Larrson/Lisabeth Salander for sure. It was interesting to read about the terrain/geography of the Outback.

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CarpeBooksKirkland
Feb 05, 2020

This book was refreshingly wonderful - one of those books where you go back and re-read sections so that you can absorb it again and admire the layout of the clues. As others have said it set in a fantastically different landscape, you feel you are there appreciating and shivering at the other-worldly nature of the setting and the sinister developments. Keeps you guessing but not getting angry while waiting for the conclusion.

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ctalltree
Dec 28, 2019

I would put this as the BEST BOOK I've read in years (I read about one every two days). Yes, it is slow-paced, but that's what life in the outback is like. It is extremely gripping however... and with enough twists to keep you at the edge of your seat all the way to the end.

I would give this TEN stars if I could.

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SPSit
Dec 12, 2019

A great mystery. Also about family dynamics. Her best so far.

Nicr Oct 03, 2019

Once again in Harper, extreme Australia provides powerful atmosphere in this story about the mysterious death of the main character's brother--the favorite son. But who was the dead man, really? Disfunctional family drama in the outback.

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SidheWrites
Sep 30, 2019

This is the story of three brothers who live in an unforgiving place. Where you don't dare leave home without a radio, a fully stocked cooler, spare tires, and a can of gas. Where a wrong turn can end in tragedy and your only hope for help is over 3 hours away.

Why would a man leave his air-conditioned car, walk 9 kilometers in the heat, and allow himself to succumb to dehydration? As the mystery unfolds, you can feel your mouth go dry with every turn of the page as you are led further down a very dark and twisted road.

Jane Harper's description of the outback is so vivid, you can feel the sandy grit on your skin and find yourself needing a cool drink. This is my favorite of the three books she's written and I look forward to more.

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lctriplett
Aug 26, 2019

Loved this book. Jane Harper is definitely one of the best new authors out today.

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Dreamstime
Aug 15, 2019

An interesting family saga in an interesting isolated location in Australia. But the story took too long to unfold for me and was ultimately disappointing.

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