Lightning on the Sun (Paperback)

A Novel

By Robert Bingham

Anchor, 9780385488686, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 17, 2001

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From the highly acclaimed author of Pure Slaughter Value comes this latter-day literary noir about an ex-pat in Cambodia eager to get home but taking all the wrong turns.

Asher went to Cambodia to get away from Julie, his Harvard grad ex-girlfriend currently tending bar in a topless joint in New York. But when his UNESCO work cleaning bat dung from Khmer statues is finished, and he decides on a dicey heroin scheme as his means to get home with plenty of money to spare, it's Julie whose help he solicits. She agrees, but plans go dangerously awry frighteningly fast. A pulsating plot and precise literary prose make Lightning on the Sun a startlingly compelling and strangely poetic tale.

About the Author

Robert Bingham was the author of the highly praised short story collection Pure Slaughter Value. He held an M.F.A. from Columbia and was a founding editor of the literary magazine Open City. His fiction and nonfiction appeared in The New Yorker, and he worked for two years as a reporter for the Cambodia Daily. He died in 1999.

Praise For Lightning on the Sun: A Novel

“[A] smart, stinging literary thriller reminiscent of Graham Greene and Robert Stone.”–San Francisco Chronicle

“[A] gripping literary thriller…. Bingham effortlessly builds suspense.”–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“A powerful story about desire, greed, and the hope for redemption in a fallen world.”–Alan Cheuse