Tigerman (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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“Harkaway's books are known for their expansive, fantastical settings and narratives. With Tigerman he creates a quieter, but no less thrilling, novel. It's a story filled with geopolitical and criminal intrigue and escapades, but at its heart Tigerman is about the friendship between a man and the boy he befriends. This is a deeply emotional book, but with the narrative drive of pulp fiction novels. Extremely satisfying on all levels.”
— Vladimir Verano, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA



From the award-winning author of Angelmaker, Tigerman is a novel at once heartfelt and thrilling--about parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind.

Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, he's about to retire. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community afraid for their own safety, is the ideal place to serve out his time. There is an illicit Black Fleet lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, drug factories and torture centers. Lester's brief, however, is to sit tight and turn a blind eye, so he drinks tea and befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation. 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.

About the Author

Nick Harkaway is the author of two previous novels, The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker, and a nonfiction work about digital culture, The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World. He is also a regular blogger for The Bookseller's FutureBook website. He lives in London with his wife, a human rights lawyer, and their two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804170666
ISBN-10: 0804170665
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries