The Laughing Monsters

Author(s): Denis Johnson

Fiction - Contemporary

"Many people keep watch. Nobody sees. It takes a great deal to waken their curiosity. NATO, the UN, the UK, the US - poker-faced, softspoken bureaucratic pandemonium. They're mad, they're blind, they're heedless, and not one of them cares, not one of them." Captain Roland Nair has codes, hidden devices and the NATO Intel Proxy. He knows safe house locations worldwide. But in the lawless chaos of Sierra Leone, in this land of spies and secrets, of crime and despair, he has no plan. He is here on assignment. The assignment is Michael Adriko. Adriko - maverick, warrior, military agent without loyalty - has saved Nair's life three times and risked it many more, in Kabul, in Freetown, in Jalalabad, in Kampala. But on this new level - espionage, state secrets, treason - Nair can only stumble around blind. Here, amidst the deals, the militia, the guns, the mud, he knows only one thing for certain. Nobody ever lasts. "Johnson is arguably one of America's greatest living fiction writers and his work has been compared to that of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor, although writing this good should not need comparison." The Times "The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnson's." - Jonathan Franzen

A beautifully written but dark novel set in the turmoil of life in Sierra Leone. Roland Nair is a captain in the Danish military and has returned to Freetown to find his friend Michael Adriko as part of his assignment. Michael and Roland have worked together in many of the world's troublespots, where Michael has saved his friend’s life three times. Michael wants to return to find his family in Uganda and persuades Roland to come with him on the promise of getting rich. The American and UK agencies are involved and Roland is meant to keep them informed about his friend Michael's comings and goings, but his loyalty to his friend and the chance of getting rich find Roland having a conflict of interest. - Peter

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In Sierra Leone, suspicion has become the law. A contemporary spy thriller from Denis Johnson, author of Train Dreams.

Denis Johnson is the author of nine novels, three collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke won the 2007 National Book Award. Train Dreams was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

General Fields

  • : 9781846559358
  • : Random House
  • : Harvill Secker
  • : October 2014
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : December 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Denis Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : Feb-15
  • : en
  • : 208