The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Don’t you love a book that transports you to another place so convincingly that when you look up from the page, it takes a minute to reacclimate yourself to your comfy reading chair?
In Jane Harper’s latest novel, her portrayal of the Australian Outback is that kind of vivid.
For the Bright family, long time ranchers in the outback, the territory’s harsh climate means that every vehicle is stocked with long range radio, liters of fresh water, cans of tuna and beans, a mini frig, extra fuel, two spare tires, shovel, tarps, first aid kit plus whatever specific tools and supplies are needed for rescuing a calf, mending a fence, or checking a water bore. Furthermore, no one leaves the house, without recording their trip details in a book by the front door.
Which is why Cameron Bright’s death is so inexplicable. A second-generation rancher, Cameron is found dead of dehydration,, in the middle of nowhere, without even an empty water bottle nearby . His Land Cruiser is parked several miles away. No one leaves their car for a stroll in the Outback.
While Cameron’s family grieves, older brother Nathan, who lives alone on an adjacent ranch, suspects that Cameron’s death was no accident. But nosing around unearths unsavory family secrets. Does Nathan really want to know the truth?
Brilliant and bleak.
What Other Reviewers Say
People: “[A] crime masterpiece. The landscape and culture of this remote Australian territory are magnificently evoked as a story of family secrets unfolds. Rarely does a puzzle so complicated fit together perfectly—you’ll be shaking your head in amazement.”
Who Wrote It
Jane Harper worked as a print journalist for thirteen years in both Australia and the UK. Her first novel, The Dry, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2015 and was a best seller in Australia. The Dry has been optioned for a film by Reese Witherspoon. Harper lives in Melbourne with her family.