Robert is a struggling writer living in Berlin with his wife and two young daughters.
One night he meets Patrick, an enigmatic stranger with a sensational story to tell: a ghostwriter for a Russian oligarch – recently found hanged – who is now being followed. But is he really in danger? Patrick’s life strikes Robert as a fabrication, but one that comes to obsess him. He decides to use the other man, and his story.
An elegant and atmospheric twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man is a novel of shadows, of the search for identity and the elastic nature of truth. As his association with Patrick hurtles towards tragedy, Robert must decide: are actual events the only things that give a story life, and are some stories too dangerous to tell?
‘A taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller.’ SUNDAY TIMES’
A remarkable debut; an accomplished and intricately plotted story.’-JON McGREGOR
‘A Lonely Man is a delicate snare of a novel.’-BRANDON TAYLOR
‘A thrilling, unnerving novel. a page-turner with exacting syntax and emotional heft.’-CATHERINE LACEY
‘Impressively deft. A Lonely Man is a tense and taut work.’-BENJAMIN MYERS
‘A classy page-turner.’ MAIL ON SUNDAY