Dark Places by Jon Evans
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An acclaimed, award-winning thriller, published and translated around the world.

Paul Wood is a modern vagabond, a man who chooses to leave the comforts of San Francisco to spend months backpacking through some of the world's most challenging terrain. While hiking in the Himalayas, Paul gets more of a rush than he bargained for when he finds the body of a murdered hiker - mutilated in a way he has witnessed once before, in Africa, years ago and thousands of miles away.

The police in Nepal, anxious to quell a scandal, close the case and declare the victim a suicide. Only Paul is left to search for answers. He reaches out to his farflung tribe of fellow backpackers for help, and his discoveries lead him to a terrible conclusion: a killer is stalking the international backpacker trail, preying on victims in wild places far beyond the reach of any authorities. A killer whom Paul may already know.

Finding the murderer becomes an obsession that leads Paul from Himalayan peaks, through the jungles of Indonesia, across the bleak Sahara desert -- and into some of the darkest places imaginable...

Dark Places won the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

About Jon Evans

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Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, Jon Evans is the son of a Rhodesian expatriate father and a tenth-generation Canadian mother. He studied Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, graduated in 1996, and promptly moved to California to work in the burgeoning software industry. Evans spent the next fourteen years working, writing, and travelling far and wide around the globe before finally returning to Canada in 2010 -- for now. Evans is the author of four thrillers, one graphic novel, and one dark urban fantasy, and his journalism has been published in "Wired", "The Guardian", "Reader's Digest" and "The Globe and Mail". His first novel, "Dark Places", won the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Evans currently lives in Toronto and at www.rezendi.com.
Published April 1, 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror, Travel. Fiction

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Albanian smugglers, Bosnian guerrillas and Central American drug dealers populate Evans's colorful transcontinental story of self-preservation and harebrained derring-do (after Dark Places ), starring Paul Wood, an unemployed 29-year-old computer programmer.

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This is a freakish coincidence: Paul discovered the body of his then girlfriend mysteriously murdered in much the same way two years before in remote central Africa.

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Spinetingler Magazine

While trekking in the Himalayas, Paul Wood and another backpacker come across a Canadian murder victim whose corpse has been mutilated – there is a Swiss Army knife stuck into each eye.

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