The Laughing Monsters

Author(s): Denis Johnson


"In this land of chaos and despair, all I can do is wish for magic armour and the power to disappear." (Freetown, Sierra Leone). A city of heat and dirt, of guns and militia. Alone in its crowded streets, Captain Roland Nair has been given a single assignment. He must find Michael Adriko - maverick, warrior, and the man who has saved Nair's life three times and risked it many more. The two men have schemed, fought and profited together in the most hostile regions of the world. But on this new level - espionage, state secrets, treason - their loyalties will be tested to the limit. This is a brutal journey through a land abandoned by the future - a journey that will lead them to meet themselves not in a new light, but in a new darkness.


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In Sierra Leone, suspicion has become the law. A contemporary spy thriller from the great American writer Denis Johnson, author of Train Dreams and Tree of Smoke.

"This high-suspense tale offer a more convincing portrait of amoral intelligence agents and the havoc they wreak than almost any journalistic account of Third World skullduggery" Washington Post Sunday "For all its chaos and complexity, The Laughing Monsters is one of Johnson's most disciplined efforts" -- Nathaniel Rich Atlantic "This echoes of Graham Greene's bleak cynicism and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, it's a gripping romp through a world of corruption, government interference, big business manipulation and all sorts of other shenanigans to boot" -- Doug Johnstone Big Issue "It has an irresistible sense of hopelessness" -- Eva Dolan Metro "The Laughing Monsters is part espionage thriller and part screwball comedy, and it straddles those far-flung genres with more grace than you might think possible" -- Edmund Gordon Sunday Times

Denis Johnson is the author of eight novels, one novella, one book of short stories, three collections of poetry, two collections of plays and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke won the 2007 National Book Award.

General Fields

  • : 9781784700225
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Vintage
  • : February 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Denis Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : 240