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Ordinary Thunderstorms Paperback – Feb 15 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (Feb. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307358216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307358219
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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One May evening in London, Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, is feeling good about the future as he sits down for a meal at a little Italian bistro. He strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterward. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents, through which Adam loses everything—home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, cell phone—never to get them back.

The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down—underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing who throng London’s lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. Adam's quest will take him all along the river Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the gritty East End, and on the way he will encounter all manner of London's denizens—aristocrats, prostitutes, evangelists, and policewomen—and version after new version of himself.

Ordinary Thunderstorms, William Boyd's electric follow-up to his award-winning Restless, is a profound and gripping 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 every city.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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