Ordinary Thunderstorms (Hardcover)
Harper, 9780061876745, 416pp.
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
“William Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift, confident prose.” —The New York Times
From William Boyd, award-winning author of Brazzaville Beach and Restless, comes a stunning literary mystery about crime and punishment: Ordinary Thunderstorms. One of the most accomplished writers of our time, Boyd has written 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.
About the Author
William Boyd is also the author of 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 War Prize and short-listed for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; Ordinary Thunderstorms; and Waiting for Sunrise, among other books. He lives in London.
Praise For Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel…
— The New York Times Book Review
“Charles Dickens lurks in the shadows of William Boyd’s gripping new novel, Ordinary Thunderstorms, which . . . has a Dickensian cast of characters—predators and prey, tycoons and paupers, charlatans and stooges—orbiting one another in the mean streets of London.”
— The Wall Street Journal
“Boyd is highly adept at doing what novelists do best: exploring the multifarious possibilities implicit in human life.”
— The Los Angeles Times
“William Boyd delivers a multiplot thriller full of twists and turns in Ordinary Thunderstorms.”
— Harper’s Bazaar
“A thrilling story.”
— The Daily Beast
“Impressive. . . . Rich and engaging. . . . Boyd creates the rich spectrum of London with arresting cinematic detail. . . . Boyd gives a harrowing sense of how close and yet how distant the nether life of a large city is.”
— Ron Charles, The Washington Post