The Laughing Monsters

Author(s): Denis Johnson


"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


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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
  • : September 2014
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : December 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

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