The Fall Guy


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.0 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author

James Lasdun is the author of Afternoon of a Faun, The Fall Guy, The Horned Man, Seven Lies, several poetry and short story collections, and a memoir. He lives in Brooklyn.


[A] terrific novel of suspense. . . Lasdun presents the inexorable turnings of fate in a subtle and disconcerting way.
Lasdun's controlled, devious storytelling style infuses every tick of the clock with tension.
Elegant and disturbing... This simple-seeming novel, so graceful in its unfolding, proves dense with psychological detail and sly social observations.
Expertly playing the noir card, Lasdun dissects the mercurial relationships among a wealthy financier, his photographer wife and an aimless cousin during a long hot summer in upstate New York. There are plenty of lies and betrayals in this stylish thriller, but it's the slow burn of obsession that makes it sing.
A twisty, chilly, exquisitely written, and tautly suspenseful exploration of big ideas in the guise of a psychological thriller. . .Lasdun's prose is both lapidary and hypnotic.
As the pages turn, the nervous tension ticks ever higher in Lasdun's combustible psychological thriller.
Exquisitely written yet propulsively entertaining all at the same time. . . a journey into the psyche of a stalker by someone who has been stalked.
"With its deftly constructed narratives of guilt and buried resentment, The Fall Guy is more accessible than Lasdun's previous novels. . . . [W]atching Matthew, Charlie and Chloe lure one another into a trap not quite of their own making has a certain shivery fascination . . . you think of Highsmith or Hitchcock."
What a sinister and searching novel this is--and what a delight. James Lasdun is one of our great writers.--Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland
James Lasdun has written an elegantly suspenseful novel set in a brilliantly realized affluent upstate New York community not unlike Woodstock--his characters are achingly real, and the self-deceptions that drive them so insightfully depicted, we might almost mistake them for our own. Truly a 'page-turner'--propelled toward just the right ending.--Joyce Carol Oates