Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
A novel

80%

7 Critic Reviews

...a “Black Fleet” has fetched up offshore, holding shady businesses, deniable torture centres and drug factories. Lester and the boy team up to battle the island’s dark forces. Tigerman is equal parts eco-fable, comic-book caper, thriller and buddy novel. Gripping stuff.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

A KIRKUS REVIEWS and NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 
A WASHINGTON POST AND ALA NOTABLE BOOK 

Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, he’s about to be retired. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu is the ideal place to serve out his time, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, money-laundering operations, drug factories and torture centers. None of which should be a problem, since Lester’s brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye.
           
Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a new home when the island dies. When Mancreu’s fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he has no choice but to rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the island—and the boy—will need.
           
From the award-winning author of Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World, Tigerman is a novel at once deeply heartfelt and headlong thrilling—about parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind.




From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Nick Harkaway

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Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. He studied philosophy, sociology and politics at Clare College, Cambridge, and then worked in the film industry. His fiction debut was The Gone-Away World. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.   www.nickharkaway.com
 
Published July 29, 2014 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Tigerman
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 18 2014

A hoot and a half, and then some: hands down, the best island farce since Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle half a century ago.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 19 2014

The murder of one of Ferris’s acquaintances sets off a chain of increasingly violent events...which threaten to destroy not only the bodies but the minds of Mancreu’s inhabitants. Harkaway...adroitly explores the lengths one man will go to save what he’s come to love, even in the face of almost-certain failure.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Stuart Kelly on May 29 2014

Tigerman is the same in many ways, though the empathy is more plangent and the ideas more frightening. That said, it is also his take on the superhero novel...His great gift as a novelist...is to merge the pace, wit and clarity of the best "popular" literature with the ambition, complexity and irony of the so-called "literary" novel.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by D.J. TAYLOR on Aug 08 2014

"Tigerman," as you will by now have gathered, is terrific stuff. I have no idea how many copies Mr. Harkaway sells in comparison to his distinguished parent, John le Carré...Not only does Mr. Harkaway need all the readers he can get; he deserves them too.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Jason Sheehan on Jul 24 2014

...Harkaway never loses his grip. His boy is always a boy and his old soldier is always an old soldier — even when he is Tigerman. And the dangers of a world coming to pieces are made truly dangerous, because Harkaway understands as instinctively as the boy does that a hero's great deeds are only great in comparison to the risks he takes...

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Carl Wilkinson on Jun 13 2014

...a “Black Fleet” has fetched up offshore, holding shady businesses, deniable torture centres and drug factories. Lester and the boy team up to battle the island’s dark forces. Tigerman is equal parts eco-fable, comic-book caper, thriller and buddy novel. Gripping stuff.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Douglas Wolk on Jul 24 2014

A story about the moral murk that empire leaves behind deserves better than the easy bombast of an adventure story for boys.

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