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Ordinary Thunderstorms [Paperback]

William Boyd
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Book Description

Feb. 15 2011
A thrilling, plot-twisting novel from the author of Restless, a national bestseller and winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award.

It is May in Chelsea, London. The glittering river is unusually high on an otherwise ordinary afternoon. Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, ambles along the Embankment, admiring the view. He is pleasantly surprised to come across a little Italian bistro down a leafy side street. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents through which Adam will lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, mobile phone - never to get them back.

A heart-in-mouth conspiracy novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of the everyday city.


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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
A Daily Beast Best Book

 “It is the expansiveness of vision that raises Ordinary Thunderstorms above the run of the mill. Boyd has created a novel dripping with ideas and impressive in its scope….one cannot help but be swept along by the thundering narrative tide.”
— The Observer

“A top-drawer thriller with gripping social concerns.”
Edmonton Journal
 
Ordinary Thunderstorms . . . is written with Boyd’s characteristic energetic elegance and imminent-danger focused writingas well as his experienced screenwriting skills. . . . I love reading Boyd.”
The Globe and Mail
 
“Whip-crack smart, with a pace to match, Boyd ramps up the paranoia in this novel of identity and reinvention”
Marie Claire (UK)
 
“Eminently readable.”
The Guardian
 
“An elegant, gripping thriller.”
— The Daily Beast

“Great suspense stuff here, told with flair, compassion, and a high sense of humor.”
 — Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly



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About the Author

WILLIAM BOYD is the author of nine novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Caught in the most unlikely of circumstances, climatologist Adam Kindred, witnesses and then becomes a suspect for murder. Upon coming across the stabbing of a man he just met in a restaurant, he's by the victim to to remove a knife from the man's side which immediately, leads to his death. Seeing the blood on his hands and finger prints on the knife, Adam decides to run. In order to elude the police he knows that he must completely separate himself from his former identity. Credit cards, bankcards, cell phones, and all possibility of legitimate employment are lost. Consequently, he becomes homeless living in a park, cut off from family and friends. Can he ever return to a semblance of normal life and ultimately, his former self? Will he ever discover the identity of the real killer or his connection with the huge profits to be earned from the introduction of a new drug that will cure asthma? Every event could lead to our hero's identity being revealed leading to his subsequent arrest and/or his elimination by murderer. 'Ordinary Thunderstorms' is a terrific yarn with more and enough twists and turns to keep the reader riveted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than ordinary March 20 2011
Format:Paperback
I would definately recommend this novel. My intro to William Boyd was a PBS production of Any Human Heart. The two are similar in that sometimes doing the right thing, like returning a file forgotten in a London restaurnat, can have serious unintended consequences that can alter the very fabric of one's life, including it's premature termination. The reaction of people in positions of power can come crashing down on anyone who interferes with their design. Boyd takes us thru a frightening and at times humorous tour of street life in London creating a page turning tale of suspense and danger mixed with surprising twists and turns. It gives what some would believe is a realistic insight into the influence and power of pharmacutical corporations and the corruption that power brings. There are many interesting characters, including villians who are the lifeblood of many great books. We meet street people who, like our hero, have disappeared into the London underbelly to excape from someone or something. Anyone can be bought, sold, or murdered for a price. While the characters are very real, we have to suspend our common sense at times, but once we get over that and buy into the story line, it definately
is a worthwhile read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never quits Aug. 9 2010
Format:Hardcover
A great book that gets going at about page two. Jumps from being very funny to incredibly disturbing and back again.I read a lot and like to believe I know 'whats what'.
Great London scenes and characters from the underbelly of that immense and complex city. Read it would be my recommendation.
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