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A Dancer in the Dust (Hardback)
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A Dancer in the Dust (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 11/09/2014
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Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell, now a cautious risk-management consultant, was a well-intentioned aid worker dedicated to improving conditions in Lubanda, a newly independent African country. He is forced to reconsider that year of living dangerously when a friend from his time in Lubanda is found murdered in a New York alley. Signs suggest that this most recent tragedy is rooted in the far more distant one of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever truly loved and whose fate he'd sealed in a moment of grievous error: "In Lubanda, twenty years before, I'd rolled the dice for a woman who was not even present at the table, and on the outcome of that toss, a braver and more knowing heart than mine had been forfeited."

Martine Aubert was a white, native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with those charged with its so-called development. But Ray's failure to understand Martine's commitment to her country had placed a noose around her neck, one tightened by a circle of vicious men, cruel taunts, and whistling machetes. It is Ray's return to the passion he'd once felt for Martine that makes A Dancer in the Dust the enthralling and moving story of two loves: Ray's love for Martine Aubert, and Martine's love for a homeland that did not love her back.

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802122728
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 231 x 152 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Edgar Award winner Thomas Cook has a string of beautifully written and elegantly plotted thrillers to his name. A Dancer in the Dust is one of his best ever. This lush story combines current events and a wonderfully realized love story."--Globe & Mail

"Cook excels at merging contemporary and past storylines into one narrative . . . [and] masterfully captures the tumultuous state of a country in upheaval."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] very readable genre-twisting thriller/love story/crime novel that will captivate readers from the start to the finish."--Huntington News

"Not since John Le Carre's The Mission Song have I seen such a loving and sorrowful portrait of modern Africa. . . . A dark read, but a worthwhile one."--News & Observer (Raleigh)

"To paraphrase Winston Churchill, this novel is a mystery wrapped in a love story immersed in tragedy. . . . The book is written with grace and simplicity. . . . Highly recommended."--I Love a Mystery

"[A Dancer in the Dust] is a story of great loss and one man's chance at personal redemption, and it is very, very good. . . . Powerful. . . . Every time I had to put this book aside, I couldn't wait to get back to it."--Crime Segments

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