The Lost Man

The Lost Man

Book - 2019
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Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbor, their homes four hours' drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250105684
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HARPER 2019
Characteristics: 340 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Nicr Oct 03, 2019

Once again in Harper, extreme Australia provides powerful atmosphere in this story about the mysterious death of the main character's brother--the favorite son. But who was the dead man, really? Disfunctional family drama in the outback.

Sep 30, 2019

This is the story of three brothers who live in an unforgiving place. Where you don't dare leave home without a radio, a fully stocked cooler, spare tires, and a can of gas. Where a wrong turn can end in tragedy and your only hope for help is over 3 hours away.

Why would a man leave his air-conditioned car, walk 9 kilometers in the heat, and allow himself to succumb to dehydration? As the mystery unfolds, you can feel your mouth go dry with every turn of the page as you are led further down a very dark and twisted road.

Jane Harper's description of the outback is so vivid, you can feel the sandy grit on your skin and find yourself needing a cool drink. This is my favorite of the three books she's written and I look forward to more.

Aug 26, 2019

Loved this book. Jane Harper is definitely one of the best new authors out today.

Aug 15, 2019

An interesting family saga in an interesting isolated location in Australia. But the story took too long to unfold for me and was ultimately disappointing.

JCLKariE Jul 03, 2019

The blazing hot Australian Outback. One brother dead. One brother found him. The final brother is determined to figure out what killed him. Loneliness? Mental illness? The call of the empty, vast desert? Or something more disturbing? Harper's harsh landscape and tough ranchers hooked me from the start. This is a great summer read with a glass of cool lemonade at hand.

May 23, 2019

Great read. Love this author!

Apr 11, 2019

Australian back country mystery. Another Jane Harper thriller. Not quite as good as the Dry, but well worth my time reading.
Suggest Dry for book club rather than this.

Apr 02, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gritty, descriptive mystery...

Nathan and Bub, brothers, have just learned their middle brother is dead. Cameron, an experienced rancher in outback Australia, wandered away from his vehicle to “the stockman’s grave” and died due to the elements. Why would he do this when his 4x4 was working fine, and loaded with a survival kit? It makes no sense...

As the investigation into Cameron’s death progresses, we are exposed to more of just what has been going on in this harsh, dusty yet beautiful part of Queensland. Nathan’s perspective is the main one, and we learn of his troubled divorce, custody battle and a few other secrets as well. What happened to break this family apart? What could have caused Cameron, this brother/father/husband, to make such a deadly mistake when he definitely knew better? Or is there more to this story than first appears?

Pros: Wonderfully descriptive writing, and a great assortment of well developed characters. Coupled with a setting that was like another character...I could taste the dust, feel the loneliness and appreciate the beauty...this is a great book. And the ending is perfect.

Cons: The Lost Man was always alluding to something, but never saying it outright. I found it a bit slow in the beginning...but the second half of this book more than makes up for it.

A really, really great mystery.

5 Stars

Mar 27, 2019

The Lost Man just might be the best by Harper so far. Initially I found this one a little slow to get into, but after a few chapters I was completely hooked on the family secrets of the Bright family. This is definitely not your typical mystery, since the investigation into Cam Bright's death is unofficial. But readers who enjoy family drama and character driven mysteries will enjoy this atmospheric novel. If you have any interest in Australian, Harper does an amazing job of conveying the harsh realities of life in the outback.

Mar 07, 2019

I suspect the author or publisher Americanized the text. Australians who live in the outback drive utes, not cars. Ute: "A small vehicle based on the same platform as a family car but with a unibody construction and a built-in open tray area for carrying goods; similar but not identical to a pick-up truck." "Ute" isn't there, while "utes" appears 2 times in the American edition, evidently someone missed out on the plural; "car" is there a whopping 133 times. Not a big deal, just culturally wrong.

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