Black Water

Black Water

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"From the author of Apple Tree Yard, a masterful thriller about espionage, love, and redemption John Harper is in hiding in a remote hut on a tropical island. As he lies awake at night, listening to the rain on the roof, he believes his life may be in danger. But he is less afraid of what is going to happen than of what he's already done.In a local town, he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragic history. They begin an affair, but can they offer each other redemption? Or do the ghosts of the past alwayscatch up with us in the end? Moving between Europe during the Cold War, Civil Rights-era California, and Indonesia during the massacres of 1965 and the subsequent military dictatorship, Black Water explores some of the darkest events of recent history through the story of one troubledman. In this gripping follow-up to Apple Tree Yard, LouiseDoughty writes with the intelligence, vivid characterization, and moral ambiguity that make her fiction resonate in the reader's mind long after the finalpage."-- Provided by publisher.
"A literary thriller set in Indonesia about a former mercenary dealing with the consequences of his dark past, and with the real secret of what he did during the massacres of the Communists and ethnic Chinese in 1965"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374114015
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOUGHTY 2016
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 06, 2018

The setting in Indonesia during the extreme violence in 1965 and riots of 1998 is interesting as is "The Institute", an organization operating for multinationals in the shadows and acting without any accountability. The main character is beset by moral questions, which nevertheless do not affect his actions, and is largely unsympathetic. Doughty maintains the tensions of her story well.


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Oct 03, 2016

John Harper an operative in Java & Bali is wracked with guilt and screws up assignments. Raised by his black step father's parents, Poppa and Nina. John's brother dies in accident at age 5, more guilt. Hooks up with love interest, Rita. Story ends without resolve.


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