Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
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Synopsis

“William Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift, confident prose.” —The New York Times

From William Boyd, award-winning author of Brazzaville Beach and Restless, comes a stunning literary mystery about crime and punishment: Ordinary Thunderstorms. One of the most accomplished writers of our time, Boyd has written a profound and gripping novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of every city.

 

About William Boyd

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William Boyd's first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.
 
Published January 8, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 420 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Whitbread Award winner Boyd (Bamboo, 2007, etc.) employs thriller conventions to propel an intelligent, polished novel distinguished by full-bodied characterizations and understated social commentary.

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And all the while, in the interest of clearing his (original, fast-fading) name and avoiding becoming a murder victim himself, he’s trying to find out what actually happened to the man he’s accused of killing — an amateur investigation that leads him into the darkest recesses of the global pharma...

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The Guardian

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In Ordinary Thunderstorms, Boyd takes the framework of a thriller and manipulates it to ask questions about identity, about what makes us human when all the outward manifestations of our individuality have to be abandoned in the name of survival.

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The Guardian

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Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop If readers surfacing from the hectic activity of Ordinary Thu...

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Book Reporter

Climatologist Adam Kindred has just finished an interview at Imperial College.

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Los Angeles Times

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Fate intrudes into the life of Adam Kindred. Call it the innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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The Washington Post

Okay, then, we're ready for excitement -- massively, irrevocably ready: Noticing that a man at a nearby table has left behind some scientific papers at a restaurant where he's eating, Adam calls the man and offers to take the papers to his apartment.

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San Francisco Chronicle

The protagonist of the novel "Ordinary Thunderstorms" is named Adam Kindred, which is a pretty good indication that William Boyd wants us to think of him as an everyman.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Adam is now a wanted man, wanted by Wang's would-be killer, by the police, and by the pharmaceutical company for which Wang had been working.

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Scotsman.com

Boyd makes us wonder how we would cope with the removal of the accoutrements of modern life – mobile phone, credit cards, passport – while also indulging his almost obsessive interest in man's reaction to adversity, a theme which runs through his previous novels in the same way in which the Thame...

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Not for the first time the life that he had once so recently led seemed some kind of taunting chimera – the contrasts between his two existences, before and after, appeared too acute to seem real – as if the Adam Kindred he had been was a fantasy figure, a vagrant’s dream, the fond imaginin...

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Bookmarks Magazine

William Boyd, a critically acclaimed screenwriter, novelist, and short story writer, has received various prestigious literary awards, including the Whitbread Award (for A Good Man in Africa, 1981) and the Costa Book Award (for Restless, 3.5 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2007).

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Spinetingler Magazine

Adam discovers that he left a file behind, and Adam phones him and is invited for a drink when he returns the paper.

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There he is – look – stepping hesitantly down from a taxi, paying the driver, gazing around him … He crosses the road, having no idea how his life is about to change in the next few hours – massively, irrevocably – no idea at all.” By page 8, this ordinary hero –...

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