Beautiful Animals

A Novel

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The next novel from Lawrence Osborne, critically acclaimed author of Hunters in the Dark 

On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man and his past, their own burgeoning friendship takes a darker turn, and when a murder occurs on the island, a private investigator arrives and forces them to determine where their true loyalties lie.

In this atmospheric masterpiece, Osborne returns to the themes that made The Forgiven his breakout novel: the class tensions between wealthy white Europeans and the natives and immigrants who serve them, and the way a violent incident can cause reverberations both psychic and cultural that lay bare our own hypocrisies.


Praise for Lawrence Osborne

"A sinister and streamlined entertainment in the tradition of Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh, and the early Ian McEwan . . . surprising and dark and excellent." --New York Times
"Extraordinarily acute to human nature." –Akhil Sharma, Newsweek
"Slim but insistent . . . a vivid and feverish portrait of a soul in self-inflicted purgatorio." --Tom Shone, New York Times Book Review
"Osborne writes with weighty, aphoristic sentences . . . and is interested in superstition, and fate, and all things that are just beyond our control." --New Yorker
"A master of the high style." --The Guardian

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