The Lost Man

The Lost Man

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"Brothers Nathan and Bub Bright meet for the first time in months at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. Their third brother, Cameron, lies dead at their feet. In an isolated belt of Australia, their homes a three-hour drive apart, the brothers were one another's nearest neighbors. Cameron was the middle child, the one who ran the family homestead. But something made him head out alone under the unrelenting sun. Nathan, Bub and Nathan's son return to Cameron's ranch and to those left behind by his passing: his wife, his daughters, and his mother, as well as their long-time employee and two recently hired seasonal workers. While they grieve Cameron's loss, suspicion starts to take hold, and Nathan is forced to examine secrets the family would rather leave in the past. Because if someone forced Cameron to his death, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250105684
Branch Call Number: HARPE
Characteristics: 340 pages : map ; 24 cm


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The Australian Outback is a punishing environment even for those who know it well and respect it. So how did Cameron Bright come to be where his body was found – at the legendary stockman’s grave – without any provisions or even a vehicle to get him safely back home? This is the major question ... Read More »

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Apr 11, 2021

Best book I have read in a while! The setting and characters were intriguing, making this a very enjoyable read throughout.

Mar 25, 2021

Good Reads recommendation

Dec 07, 2020

Very interesting and atmospheric murder mystery that involves a lot of detail about ranch life in the outback of Australia. It also is a story of family abuse throughout generations and about the mental and physical harm it does to family members. The author, though, is not generous in throwing out clues that her characters and readers can follow in order to solve the murder mystery. I just wished the clues had come earlier like somewhere just after the half way point. At that point I did become a bit tired of reading about the characters' past relationships and the hard life on the desert with few clues to follow. Expect the culprit to be one of the quiet unsuspecting ones, one I had not "fingered".

Aug 27, 2020

Good book. Great character development, good plot and very good description of the Outback in Australia.

Jul 03, 2020

This is a slow moving and interesting mystery but also a great story in terms of the character development.

Apr 18, 2020

I picked up this book on a whim and I'm glad I did. This page-turner starts with the discovery of a body in the Australian outback. The dead man is Cameron Bright, the middle of son of three brothers. The question is, how did Cameron, a man who knew the land and its dangers, come to be found at an old landmark known as the stockman's grave? It is murder or suicide? This is more than just a mystery. It is a character-driven story that has Harper delving into topics such as family dynamics and abuse. The harsh, unforgiving Australian outback, wonderfully described, is character on its own. Others may find this book slow, but I was so wrapped up the story of the Bright family, particularly Nathan's story, that I found the book hard to put down. I'm usually good at guessing the culprit way ahead of time, but Harper kept me in suspense to the end. A worthwhile read that will turn you into a Harper fan.

Feb 26, 2020

I thought it was very average. I have read worse but it is no Stieg Larrson/Lisabeth Salander for sure. It was interesting to read about the terrain/geography of the Outback.

Feb 05, 2020

This book was refreshingly wonderful - one of those books where you go back and re-read sections so that you can absorb it again and admire the layout of the clues. As others have said it set in a fantastically different landscape, you feel you are there appreciating and shivering at the other-worldly nature of the setting and the sinister developments. Keeps you guessing but not getting angry while waiting for the conclusion.

Dec 28, 2019

I would put this as the BEST BOOK I've read in years (I read about one every two days). Yes, it is slow-paced, but that's what life in the outback is like. It is extremely gripping however... and with enough twists to keep you at the edge of your seat all the way to the end.

I would give this TEN stars if I could.

Dec 12, 2019

A great mystery. Also about family dynamics. Her best so far.

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