Tigerman

Tigerman Cover

Tigerman

By Nick Harkaway

Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780385352413, 337pp.

Publication Date: July 29, 2014

Description

A KIRKUS REVIEWS and NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A WASHINGTON POST AND ALA NOTABLE BOOK
Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, he's about to be retired. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu is the ideal place to serve out his time, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, money-laundering operations, drug factories and torture centers. None of which should be a problem, since Lester's brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye.
Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a new home when the island dies. When Mancreu's fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he has no choice but to rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the island and the boy will need.
From the award-winning author of "Angelmaker" and "The Gone-Away World, " "Tigerman "is a novel at once deeply heartfelt and headlong thrilling about parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind.



About the Author
Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. He studied philosophy, sociology, and politics at Clare College, Cambridge, and then worked in the film industry. His novels include "The Gone-Away World", "Angelmaker", and "The Blind Giant". He lives in London with his wife.


NPR
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good." More at NPR.org

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