The Blue Afternoon

The Blue Afternoon

A Novel

Book - 1995
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From the acclaimed author of Brazzaville Beach and The Blue Afternoon, a new novel, set in present-day London, which demonstrates the superbly plotted storytelling that has earned William Boyd his reputation as a writer whose "eccentric wit and restless intelligence exert a powerful appeal" (New York Times Book Review). One cold winter's morning, Lorimer Black-- insurance adjuster, young, good-looking, on the rise--goes out on a perfectly ordinary business appointment, finds a hanged man and realizes that his life is about to be turned upside down. The elements at play: a beautiful actress glimpsed in a passing taxi . . . an odd new business associate whose hiring, firing  and rehiring make little sense . . . a rock musician who is losing his mind--and a web of fraud in which virtually everyone Lorimer Black knows has been caught and in which he finds himself increasingly entangled. Boyd at his urbane and mesmerizing best.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1995
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780679432951
0679432957
Branch Call Number: BOY
Characteristics: 367 p. ;,21 cm

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Apr 19, 2014

I don't know what one can mean by "best novelists", but I have never been disappointed in Boyd. His books are always worth reading and have both excellent style and plotting. Sometimes the "best novelists' are a slog (like opera singers singing country and western if you know what I mean). I find the above comment a little condescending.

bytttt Jun 01, 2012

Boyd is one of my favorite writers. This is not among his very best novels but well worth reading and savoring. Happily, I just discovered it recently. (June, 2012)

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