From the author of the popular cult classics Frank Sinatra in a Blender and A Swollen Red Sun comes a riveting novel of redemption and suspense that asks the question: just how far are you willing to go for love? Would you give up everything you've ever known? Risk your freedom? Risk your life?
When newly divorced Sage arrives in Bali, his only plan is to drink on the beach until his money runs out and then return home to start over. So he's caught by surprise when he falls in love with the country and its people, particularly the attractive and considerate Ratri. Soon Sage can no longer see himself living anywhere else, even as his funds dwindle and his visa's expiration date nears. Increasingly desperate to stay with Ratri, Sage finds himself being recruited by a drug-smuggling ring-in a country where drug trafficking is punishable by death. The promised pay-out would be enough to set Sage and Ratri up for life, but only if Sage isn't caught. Will Sage go home and risk the life he envisions with Ratri, or risk everything to stay and make that life possible?
Both lyrical and suspenseful, intimate and ambitious, END OF THE OCEAN is an unforgettable look at a brutal business in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Publisher: Polis Books
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Praise for END OF THE OCEAN
"In END OF THE OCEAN, Matt McBrides strikes an incredible balance between his signature dark humor and pulp sensibility while telling an incredibly thoughtful and intimate story. This isn't just a step up from his previous books-it's an evolution."
-Rob Hart, author of THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE and THE WAREHOUSE
"No one veers between the sacred and profane like Matthew McBride. END OF THE OCEAN is many things - a suspense novel, a love story, a tale of betrayal - but it is always a heart-pounding ride that leaves room for unforgettable moments of grace."
-Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning author of ONE SMALL SACRIFICE
"McBride can't write a bad sentence...McBride remains a very special writer, capable of exploiting the fringes of the crime genre in utterly original ways." -Booklist
"McBride does a nice job slowly developing his characters and their milieu... diverting... keep(s) the tension high."
"McBride is quietly waiting to yank the rug out from under the feet of his unsuspecting readers by story's end...Come for the caper and stay for the story." Bookreporter
Praise for the novels of Matthew McBride
"Matthew McBride's new novel, A Swollen Red Sun, is rough and ready suspense, encompassing a wide array of characters from the sour side of life, and smashing them together with vigorous and blunt prose." -Daniel Woodrell, author of The Maid's Version and Winter's Bone
"The words practically vibrate off the page in Matthew McBride's amped-up and intricately plotted novel about meth freaks and dirty cops, A Swollen Red Sun. Filled with scenes of both tremendous brutality and heartrending compassion, it is the best fictional depiction of the current drug epidemic raging across the Midwest that I have ever read." -Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time
"A Swollen Red Sun, simply put, is an epic piece of modern crime fiction. But within that, McBride never loses his sense of powerful intimacy with the characters, their lives, their families, and their demons." -Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce and editor of Thuglit
"Memorable, unique, and at times, even haunting. Every character rings true from the feckless to the noble to the downright frightening. . . . [With] dark country humor, A Swollen Red Sun is a must read." -Johnny Shaw, Anthony Award-winning author of Big Maria and Plaster City
"Matthew McBride is one of those rare writers who can have you reeling in shock one minute, and laughing out loud the next." -John Rector, author of Already Gone
"Make no mistake, McBride is the king of Chainsaw Noir, and there's no one else who can step to the throne." -Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds
"Matthew McBride writes like a train doing 80 miles an hour towards a curve rated for 30. The doors are rattling, the couplings are screaming, and you're riding the blind, hoping like hell that the destination lives up to the ride. Which it does, and more. Matthew McBride is exactly my kind of writer, and Swollen Red Sun is precisely my kind of book." -Benjamin Whitmer, author of Cry Father
"Matthew McBride is an American original. His dialogue crackles like a brush fire and he has a rare gift for pitch-perfect details that breathe life into each and every character. There's no other writer I know whose prose could sear paint off a wall." -Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning author of Blood Always Tells
"Read [Frank Sinatra in a Blender] in a day. Loved it!" -Charlie Sheen
"McBride's novel combines the backwoods creepiness of Nic Pizzolatto's HBO series True Detective, the understated country humor of Johnny Shaw's Big Maria, and the sensitivity to character and nuance of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone." -Booklist
"Gasconade local McBride (whose previous book was the cult favorite Frank Sinatra in a Blender) gives Breaking Bad fans more down and dirty meth action." -Publishers Weekly