• Engaging, effortlessly readable… Lasdun’s writing style is clean and straightforward. All the complexity resides in character and detail. This is masterfully controlled 2am noir.

    Lionel Shriver, Financial Times
  • What a sinister and searching novel this is – and what a delight. James Lasdun is one of our great writers.

    Joseph O’Neill
  • Exceptionally entertaining…The Fall Guy reads like early Ian McEwan or late Patricia Highsmith… Lasdun is masterly in his story’s constructionThis is exactly what a literary thriller should be: intelligent, careful, swift, unsettling.

    Charles Finch, New York Times Book Review
  • Nothing is straightforward in this slick, Highsmithian thriller, and while the damaged Matthew’s capacity for self-deception is flagged early, Lasdun’s skill lies not least in letting us think that we might therefore have his number. Wrong – and yet the novel’s denouement feels fated even as it smoothly steals the breath.

    Stephanie Cross, Observer
  • Impossible to put down.

    Daily Mail

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