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Dark Places: A Novel

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9780060594237: Dark Places: A Novel

Winner of the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

In a place so harsh that survival is a struggle, one man has found the strength to kill ...

Paul Wood is a modern vagabond, a man who chooses to leave the comforts of San Francisco to spend months backpacking through some of the world's most challenging terrain: Cameroon, Indonesia, Nepal. While hiking in the Himalayas, Paul gets more of a rush than he bargained for when he finds the body of a murdered hiker, the victim mutilated in a way that Paul has witnessed once before, years ago and thousands of miles away.

To quell a scandal, the police rule the death a suicide and close the case. But Paul can't let it go. A man who has traveled through the thin air at the top of the world and across land mines in war zones, he is not easily discouraged. But his newest expedition will show him some of the darkest places imaginable, in both the terrain he navigates and the men he encounters. Finding the killer becomes Paul's new obsession -- a journey that leads him dangerously close to the edge ... and maybe over it.

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About the Author:

"Jon Evans seems to spend most of his time backpacking in places (Zimbabwe, the Balkans, Iraq) that even the most intrepid of us tend to avoid. Evans also finds time to write strong, politically motivated thrillers." - Chicago Tribune

Jon Evans is a novelist, journalist, adventure traveller and software engineer. His novels have won an Arthur Ellis Award, translation into half a dozen languages, and praise from The Economist, The Times, and The Washington Post. He lives in Toronto and at rezendi.com.

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'You're hooked. Evans contrives to slip the necessary specialist net-head detail into the plot without being boring or patronising. He can also pin down a character with a few details deftly brushed in... The characters are delightfully delineated by their speech patterns... beautifully controlled... Not the least satisfying aspect of this pacy thriller for the 21st century is the way things go on happening until the last page.' -- The Times 'A clever interesting read that you can take your time over. One can only hope that this, the first novel by Jon Evans, is not the last.' - -- Bolton Evening News 'A taut thriller ... He keeps you guessing and leaves you with the uncomfortable realisation of just how plausible all this could be. A real page-turner' -- Ms London 'This is a stunning debut novel from a thriller writer to watch ... a breathtaking thriller' -- Western Daily Press 'TRAIL OF THE DEAD is engaging, disturbing, and relentless - an impressive debut novel.' -- C.J. Box, award-winning author of WINTERKILL 'An original two-way hunt with moments of real suspense scattered across the wildest reaches of the planet' -- Hector Macdonald 'In this haunting, suspense debut, Evans takes the reader on a page-turning adventure' -- Publishers Weekly 'I was completely gripped. As the plot unfolded, I found myself constantly surprised. Jon Evans's plotting is excellent, and he has obviously travelled widely - all the details are clearly authentic and I found myself interested in the locations as much as the plot. The internet aspect of the story was intriguing, and at the end all the strands were tied up perfectly. I never wanted to put the book down, and I was almost glad I was ill, so I had the chance to read it quickly.' -- Emily Barr 'You're hooked. Evans contrives to slip the necessary specialist net-head detail into the plot without being boring or patronising. He can also pin down a character with a few details deftly brushed in... The characters are delightfully delineated by their speech patterns... beautifully controlled... Not the least satisfying aspect of this pacy thriller for the 21st century is the way things go on happening until the last page.' -- The Times 'In this haunting, suspense debut, Evans takes the reader on a page-turning adventure' -- Publishers Weekly 'An original two-way hunt with moments of real suspense scattered across the wildest reaches of the planet' -- Hector Macdonald 'TRAIL OF THE DEAD is engaging, disturbing, and relentless - an impressive debut novel.' - C.J. Box, award-winning author of WINTERKILL and TROPHY HUNT 'I was completely gripped. As the plot unfolded, I found myself constantly surprised. Jon Evans's plotting is excellent, and he has obviously travelled widely - all the details are clearly authentic and I found myself interested in the locations as much as the plot. The internet aspect of the story was intriguing, and at the end all the strands were tied up perfectly. I never wanted to put the book down.' - Emily Barr

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