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'Marvellously paced and ingeniously plotted. A real page-turner' Observer

One winter morning, Lorimer Black - young, good-looking, but with a somewhat troubled expression - goes to keep a perfectly routine business appointment and finds a hanged man. A bad start to the day, by anyone's standards, and an ominous portent.

For Lorimer works in the only-slightly corrupt business of financial adjusting, and he is about to learn that it is much uglier - and even more crooked - than he ever imagined. Suddenly, he's being unfairly blamed for all kinds of irregularities. Next, his life is threatened. And, lastly, he's coming to realise that the life he has led till now - the one someone wants to rub out - is one big fat lie . . .


'A joy to read: easy to get into, addictively plotted and beautifully written' Daily Mail

'A novel that is truly comic, and, like all true comedy, also disturbing' Scotsman

'A pleasure to read' Independent on Sunday

Fiction & Literature
February 25
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

Bwdc ,


An interesting set of characters interwoven through the life of the main protagonist who works for an insurance company as a loss adjustor. From his boss, Hogg, a larger than life mentor and bully to the love of his life spotted in a taxi one day. His odd family who seem to be worlds apart from Milo drift in and out of the plot. Milo is a mix of well organised planner, with strong opinions about music, but also showing weakness as others take advantage of him. Somehow this book clicked with me, and I liked it's pace and mix of characters, it's sub-plots and storyline. Amusing and interesting with a serious side as well. Enjoy!

PCEdin ,


Wonderful stuff - a beautifully-written book about a decent man who retains his decency, even when everything in life conspires against him. Boyd writes with real warmth and humour, telling the story in a lively engaging manner.

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