A helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland sends unexpected ripples through the international community in this intricate new thriller from the author of Winterland and Limitless.
Susie Monaghan was on the cusp of stardom when her life was cut short by a tragic helicopter crash. After a full investigation, her death was ruled an accident: case closed. But a hungry young journalist named Jimmy Gilroy isn’t buying the official story. Before dying, Susie’s path had crossed with an unlikely gallery of powerful men: an ex-Prime minister with a carefully guarded secret; the businessman brother of a U.S. Senator angling for the Oval Office; and a billionaire investor with his eye on an extremely rare commodity. Might there also be a link between Susie’s death and a deranged security contractor operating in Congo? Piece by piece, Jimmy uncovers a bizarre nexus of coincidence among these disparate people and events, revealing a conspiracy of frightening reach and consequence–one that could cost him his life.
Set against a vividly drawn world of corporate and political intrigue, Alan Glynn’s Bloodland is a riveting paranoid thriller of uncommon depth and page-turning suspense.
“Ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Bloodland is irresistible. Exhilarating” — Val McDermid
“Glynn plays out these grand themes—the global economic crisis, America’s battle with China for dominance in Africa, the human costs of illegal mining—on a very personal scale, through a group of deeply flawed but compelling characters.” — NPR
“Glynn spins a seamless web of conspiracy spanning three continents . . . I read Bloodland twice, the second time for the rare pleasure of watching a first-rate investigative reporter—and novelist—at work.” — The Daily Beast
“A stunningly intricate and timely piece of globalization noir . . . like an amped-up 21st-century version of Dashiell Hammett’s The Glass Key.” — The Los Angeles Review of Books
“A tightly woven picture of global corporate influence and corruption. Glynn’s work has drawn comparisons to John le Carre… [which] usefully illuminates Bloodland’s bold, pointed topicality . . . From the inauspicious beginnings of a dead reality TV star, Glynn’s great novel finds an impressive, surprising scope.” — The Portland Mercury
“Scarily plausible in a way that eludes most thriller writers, with an alarmingly authentic case of control freaks and loose cannons . . . I’ve not read such a multi-layered, expertly plotted portrayal of arrogance, greed and hubris in a long time–there are, as the publishers claim, echoes of John le Carre, 24 and James Ellroy here, but Glynn’s talent is all his own, and his ability to ratchet up the tension is eye-popping.” — Laura Wilson, The Guardian