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'[A] haunting family mystery' Sunday Times

'A riveting, deeply atmospheric read' Mail on Sunday

'Just as good - perhaps even better - than Harper's excellent thrillers The Dry and Force of Nature' Observer

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron's mind when he was alive, he didn't look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects...


'Harper secures her place as queen of outback noir with this haunting family mystery' Sunday Times

'Her best book yet' Evening Standard

'Harper's intricate, beautifully woven mystery...sucks you into a world where nothing is ever what it seems and everyone has secrets . . . Told with mesmerising skill' Daily Mail

A best crime fiction book of 2019 pick in The Times
A thriller of the year 2019 pick in the Observer
A bestselling Richard & Judy book club pick 2019

Fiction & Literature
23 October
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

EmJo1625 ,

Ending came suddenly

I really enjoyed this, as I did the other books by Jane Harper.
It’s well written and I was very much engrossed in it.

The ending was wrapped up very neatly but it came quicker than I thought!

Iseveryncknametaken? ,

A Crackin Read, Jane Harper got her Mojo back!

As good as, if not better, than her first novel.
A pleasure to read

fran6501 ,

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Yet another ‘un-put-downable’ novel by Jane Harper. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every one so far and am very much looking forward to the next.

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