"[A] bold tale . . . Fountain brings a Graham Greene-like approach to Haiti’s vagaries and wonders.”
— Booklist Starred Review
“A sprawling, fierce exploration of violence and corruption in the Caribbean… Readers of international thrillers should pounce.”
"Ben Fountain's powerfully written novel is many things at once—a spy thriller, a family saga, a love story, a treasure hunt, and a tale of brutal political repression..."
—Imbolo Mbue, New York Times bestselling author of Behold The Dreamers
"[An] engrossing, psychologically complex and politically astute novel."
—Francine Prose, The New York Times
A National Bestseller
An Editors’ Choice selection by the New York Times Book Review
One of Washington Post‘s 50 notable books of the year
From the award-winning, bestselling author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk comes a brilliant and propulsive new novel about greed, power, and American complicity set in Haiti.
Haiti, 1991. When a violent coup d’état leads to the fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, American expat Matt Amaker is forced to abandon his idyllic beachfront scuba business. With the rise of a brutal military dictatorship and an international embargo threatening to destroy even the country’s most powerful players, some are looking to gain an advantage in the chaos–and others are just looking to make it through another day. | Read More
Ben Fountain’s work has received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, the PEN-Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing, and a Whiting Writers Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives in Dallas. | Read Full Bio