Lightning on the Sun: A Novel

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Canongate Books, 2000 - Fiction - 291 pages
Ashers is in trouble. He's stuck out in Phnom Penh, the work has dried up, and he's at the end of his spiritual and financial tether. But top-grade heroin is wonderfully cheap in this lawless part of the world. So with funds borrowed from the loan-sharking, massage parlour owner Mr Hawk and with the aid of journalist and 'citizen' Reese as an unwitting mule, Asher plans to move some weight to New York, where demand will happily exceed supply. His partner in this scam is Julie, an ex-lover, still living in New York, but when Julie decides to improvise, the carefully worked-out plans swiftly and dangerously unravel. Lightning on the Sun is a brilliant debut novel that combines the fast-paced suspense of a thriller with the moral resonance and exotic setting of one of Graham Greene's classic works.

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The first and last novel by the highly regarded short-story writer (Pure Slaughter Value, 1997) and founder-editor of Open City.Bingham died last year, at age 33, but left behind this (apparently ... Read full review

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Asher, the jaded anti-hero of Lightning On The Sun, was once an idealistic young man, much like the young author who created him, Robert Bingham. I suspect to know Asher is to know a bit of Robert ... Read full review


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