Black Water


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$18.00  $16.56
Picador USA
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5.6 X 1.0 X 8.7 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

LOUISE DOUGHTY is the author of several novels, including Apple Tree Yard (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG), which was a top-ten bestseller in the U.K. and Ireland and has been published or is being translated into twenty-two languages. It was long-listed for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize and short-listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and the National Book Awards Crime/Thriller of the Year.


"Doughty's excellent new novel is a character study, a glimpse at mid-century American civil rights, a thriller, a meditation on the effects of foreign policy on individuals, a modern love story and a portrait of Indonesian unrest in the twentieth century.... If it sounds like a handful, it is. But Doughty has found an ideal vehicle for her wide-ranging interests." --Olen Steinhauer, The New York Times Book Review

"Doughty's language is punchy, visually striking and emotionally potent.... This is a compelling and vivid psychological drama, with plenty of bite." --Leyla Sanai, The Guardian

"Skilfully drawn and compelling...This serious novel marks a departure for Doughty, whose psychological thrillers, including Apple Tree Yard, have been so successful. This one strays more into le Carrรฉ territory-- where she seems equally at home." --Carla McKay, Daily Mail

"Powerful, probing fiction in the tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carrรฉ." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Doughty takes a page from John le Carrรฉ, crafting a riveting, psychological, morally ambiguous tale. . . richly detailed . . . [T]he role of mercenaries in world affairs adds a new perspective to the spy novel genre." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Through Harper, Doughty creates a jarringly realistic backdrop of Indonesia's violent past, sharply contrasting the menacing atmosphere with a growing romance and Harper's memories of a vulnerable childhood in 1950s Los Angeles. A tense, contemplative literary thriller and worthy follow-up to Doughty's critically acclaimed Apple Tree Yard (2013)." --Booklist

"Doughty has created a novel comparable to Graham Greene's masterpiece The Quiet American in its taut exploration of morality on a geopolitical and personal scale.... The plot is complex and delves into dark, unjustly forgotten corners of much a character study as it is an espionage thriller.... Black Water is a gripping thriller, incisive character study, a critique of US foreign policy and a love story haunted by the 1965 massacres in Indonesia." --Shelf Awareness


"Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build the suspense to a breaking point." --Kate Saunders, The Times (London)

"Doughty writes with consummate pacing and psychological acuity, bringing fresh force to a common regret of adulterous lovers." --The New Yorker

"A disquieting, perceptive and gripping read." --Amber Pearson, Daily Mail

"Extraordinary...I've never read anything like it." --Ruth Rendell, The Guardian