NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road returns with the first of a two-volume masterpiece: The Passenger is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God.
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
“McCarthy returns with a one-two punch...a welcome return from a legend." —Esquire
Look for Stella Maris, the second volume in The Passenger series, available now.
1980, PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger. But how? A collateral witness to machinations that can only bring him harm, Western is shadowed in body and spirit—by men with badges; by the ghost of his father, inventor of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.
Traversing the American South, from the garrulous barrooms of New Orleans to an abandoned oil rig off the Florida coast, The Passenger is a breathtaking novel of morality and science, the legacy of sin, and the madness that is human consciousness.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Acclaimed American novelist Cormac McCarthy’s first novel after a 16-year hiatus is a mind-bending mystery laced with ethereal Southern gothic trappings. Bobby Western is a salvage diver hired to explore wrecked boats and oil rigs along the Gulf Coast. But after making a disturbing discovery during a routine dive to reach a crashed plane, he finds himself targeted by a shadowy and potentially dangerous organization. McCarthy masterfully interweaves this thrilling mystery with peeks into Bobby’s unsettling family history—including a father who developed nuclear weapons for the government—resulting in a brilliantly dark and unmistakably McCarthy vibe. MacLeod Andrews’ melodic Southern drawl and Julia Whelan’s brusque, punchy style as narrators only add to the richness of the atmosphere. If you’re looking for a dark and stylish brainteaser of an audiobook, look no further than The Passenger.