A Lonely Man


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Chris Power is the author of Mothers, which was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. He lives in London.


Power's understated style abets the tension, creating gaps and unanswered questions that pull the reader along, recalling Hermione Lee's description of Penelope Fitzgerald's prose as 'plain, compact, and subtle' . . . An entertaining literary thriller that traces intrigue from the writer's mind to the latest headlines. --Kirkus (starred review)

A Lonely Man left me unnerved and chilled. To read this book is to encounter a mysterious and shapeshifting stranger. Chris Power writes with masterful dexterity, and this novel reveals his genius for subtle misdirection and pulsing tension. A Lonely Man is a delicate snare of a novel, and by the time you realize that the characters are trapped in a lethal game, you are also trapped and powerless to resist its hold. I was breathless and nervous by the end of it. An alluring and seductive novel. --Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life

A thrilling, unnerving novel following an international conspiracy and domestic solitude--A Lonely Man is one of those rare books that's as entertaining as it is perceptive, a page-turner with exacting syntax and emotional heft. --Catherine Lacey, author of Pew

Is it possible to spin a thriller, a real thriller, out of the deep and bitter mysteries at the heart of the creative process? With A Lonely Man, Chris Power shows us that it can be done, and done beautifully. This is a thinking person's novel of suspense--and also one of the most vivid and unsparing accounts of the expatriate writer's life that I've encountered. Mr. Power writes with genuine daring. --John Wray, author of Godsend

I loved this taut, graceful literary thriller, in which domesticity is as riveting as the threat of criminal entanglement. In A Lonely Man, family life--and love--is the beating heart of the story, creating an absorbing, menacing interplay between home, ambition and (self-) deception. --Megan Hunter, author of The Harpy

A Lonely Man is a remarkable debut; an accomplished and intricately plotted story that manages to be both thrilling and deeply considered. If you're a fan of existential crises, family dramas, Putin-era paranoias, and Bolaรฑo-style multiplicities, and want to see them woven into one taut novel, you're in the right place. A lonely triumph. --Jon McGregor, author of The Reservoir Tapes

A Lonely Man manages to set an unlikely premise alongside extraordinary events, while speaking honestly about the overwhelming, mundane things of fatherhood and being a friend and husband. A very deft literary act. --Cynan Jones, author of Stillicide

A Lonely Man entrances with its ingenious structure, haunting mood of paranoia and intrigue, and games of literature and violence played out in a seductively rendered Berlin. I savored every page. --Rob Doyle, author of Threshold

A portrait of a man and his dawning, imperfect realization that his connections with others have been facile, even superficial, A Lonely Man is an unsettling portrait of contemporary masculinity. The prose has a lambent, hovering quality and the sinewy, clearness of line of a Simenon roman dur--it's a very English, European novel. Power leaves us with a burden of fear and irresolution, something that is in the best of Le Carrรฉ or Ambler. --David Hayden, author of Darker With the Lights On

"Such grand themes as wealth, power, greed and truth itself are explored in an impressively deft and discrete way. Here a bottle of beer or an illicit kiss feel as subtly significant as the death of an oligarch or a mysterious man on the run. A Lonely Man is a tense and taut work that's utterly European, and all the better for it." --Ben Myers, author of The Offing