Border Run by Simon Lewis
A Novel

98%

8 Critic Reviews

. . .well-paced, suspenseful stand-alone. . .
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

From the author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize—nominated Bad Traffic, a fast-paced adventure novel about two young backpackers who find themselves in serious trouble in the jungle of Southeast Asia

On the Burmese border, two naïve backpackers, Will and Jake, follow a tour guide into the jungle, tantalized by the possibility of dalliances with the tribal women who live there. At an idyllic waterfall, they discover that nothing is as it seems and their guide has his own agenda. It is not long before the two young men slip into a nightmarish spiral of murder and moral decay, their chance of survival determined by a game of hideand- seek played out with deadly crossbows. As the stakes get increasingly higher, the bonds of friendship are tested and lives are put on the line. Simon Lewis has written a gripping, amphetaminepaced novel about the hidden perils that can lurk in paradise, and the fine line that we draw for ourselves between what is “civilized” and what is not.
 

About Simon Lewis

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Simon Lewis was born in Wales and grew up in Scotland. He has worked as a travel writer on the Rough Guides to China, Beijing, and Shanghai. He is the author of Bad Traffic and Go, which he wrote in a village in the Himalayas. He spends half his time in Brixton, London, and the rest in Asia, mostly China and Japan.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Scribner. 242 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Border Run
All: 8 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

A novel that sets itself apart from most noir fiction with its lighter and looser feel.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

. . .well-paced, suspenseful stand-alone. . .

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Katharine Lorr

Despite moments when I wanted to scream at their naivety, the book is as taut as the deadly crossbows they become glued to.

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Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Funk on Mar 29 2012

Those who enjoy thrillers or danger-in-paradise novels (such as Alex Garland’s The Beach or William Golding’s Lord of the Flies) will thoroughly enjoy this fast-paced, quick read.

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Shelf Awareness

Excellent
Reviewed by Kerry McHugh

. . .within its short and action-packed framework, Lewis manages to raise important questions about human nature.

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Mystery Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill

While it's obvious the trip will go bad, Simon Lewis builds the suspense to take a perceptive look at society's fragile rein on our worst impulses

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Sabotage

Excellent
Reviewed by Elinor Walpole on Apr 24 2012

Short chapters and playful cliffhangers keep the story moving rapidly as the situation spirals out of control.

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Crime Scraps Review

Good
Reviewed by Norman Price on Apr 02 2012

. . .the ending interestingly leaves you wanting more.

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