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The Lost Man

book | Fiction | Feb 2019
US & Canada → Flatiron (Ed. Christine Kopprasch)
UK & Comm → Little, Brown Book Group (UK) (Ed. Clare Smith)
ANZ → Pan Macmillan (Ed. Cate Paterson)

Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019 and featured in Cosmopolitan's Best New Books of 2019 List, Amazon Best Book of February 2019

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron's mind when he was alive, he didn't look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects...

The Lost Man is the highly anticipated new book from the bestselling and award-winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature.


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I ask in earnest: How the hell does she do it? The Lost Man is Jane Harper’s third consecutive marvel… and, against long odds, her most marvelous yet, pitting brother against brother, man against nature, reader against the clock. What an extraordinary novel: part family drama, part indelible ode to the Outback—a thriller as forceful and atmospheric as a brewing storm. Harper works miracles. We’re lucky to witness them.

A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

I can tell you I devoured it in the space of 24 hours. Every bit as good as The Dry. Probably better, actually. May have to push Jane Harper under a bus. 

Val McDermid

The Dry was on everybody's must-read list. But with her third novel, The Lost Man, Australian author Jane Harper has crafted an engrossing outback noir that is even more gripping [...] This engrossing novel will have you thinking long after you’ve turned the last page.

Shelley Hadfield
Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Harper’s incredible story has been well told... I started it at noon and at 2 am that night I closed it and totally understood what all the fuss was about.
It was even better than The Dry... whatever Harper’s secret is, it works.

Karen Hardy
The Canberra Times

Harper has that easy turn of phrase that makes reading her books a pleasure, despite the sense of menace.

Adelaide Advertiser

If you liked The Dry, you’ll love it. The Lost Man is an even better book, gripping to the end. [...] This engrossing novel will have you thinking long after you’ve turned the last page.

Herald Sun, Melbourne

In The Lost Man, Jane Harper surpasses her achievement in The Dry, her multi-award-winning first novel. A broad range of Australian and international readers will be engaged by the strong setting and mystery storyline of the new novel, not least grey nomads and backpacking travellers.

Weekend Australian, Australia

The atmosphere is so thick you can taste the red-clay dust, and the folklore surrounding the mysterious stockman adds an additional edge to an already dark and intense narrative. The truth is revealed in a surprising ending that reveals how far someone will go to preserve a life worth living in a place at once loathed and loved.


Harper's masterful narrative places readers right in the middle of a desolate landscape that's almost as alien as the moon's surface, where the effects of long-term isolation are always a concern. The mystery of Cam's death is at the dark heart of an unfolding family drama that will leave readers reeling, and the final reveal is a heartbreaker. A twisty slow burner by an author at the top of her game.

Kirkus (starred review)

Like the country it describes, this is a "big" book, and one likely to cement Harper's place as one of the most interesting Australian crime writers to emerge in the past decade. Her sense of place is acute, but it is her attention to the relationships that are shaped by this unforgiving, magnificent landscape that will linger long after the mystery of stockman's grave is finally revealed.

Sue Turnbull
The Age

Australia’s outback, with its brutal climate and equally bruising isolation, looms large as any character in this stark standalone from bestseller Harper… [T]he surviving members of the Bright family must confront some devastating secrets. Harper’s sinewy prose and flinty characters compel. 

US Publishers Weekly

I absolutely loved The Lost Man. I devoured it in a day. Her best yet!

Liane Moriarty

A timely and riveting family drama set in a desolate area of Queensland that will keep you guessing until the final pages.


Jane Harper is a writer at the top of her game; and with The Lost Man, she marries atmosphere, plot, suspense and believably complex characters into her best novel yet

Sara Manning
Red Online

Deceptive twists sneak up on the reader, and with The Lost Man Harper has crafted another slow burn mystery that catches the reader unaware right up to the surprise ending.

Seira Wilson
Amazon Book Review

In just a couple of years, Jane Harper has soared into the first rank of contemporary crime writers. THE LOST MAN ... returns to the parched landscape she used to such powerful effect in her debut, THE DRY ... Three generations of women - the dead man's mother, wife and daughters - struggle to come to terms with terrible events, and the family's shocking history holds the key to this superb murder mystery

The Sunday Times

Told with mesmerising skill, it is a compelling portrait of isolation and the train it exerts on even the strongest character. A little masterpiece.

Daily Mail

The Lost Man is quietly unsettling, in a hypnotic and heartbreaking way.

Shelf Awareness

A twisty slow burner by an author at the top of her game.

Kirkus Review

In The Lost Man, as in Harper’s previous two novels, place is paramount, a multifaceted character that’s in turns brutal and breathtaking.

The Washington Post

A riveting, deeply atmospheric read.

Mail on Sunday

It's an evocative, sharply written and expertly plotted novel, subtle in how it navigates its themes of misogyny, retribution and guilt. 


Harper's crisp, evocative writing expertly reveals the secrets that have been festering too long in the scorching Australian sun.


The very definition of a slow burn, this is much like the land in which it is set - spartan, atmospheric, and really quite beautiful.


[A] crime masterpiece. The landscape and culture of this remote Australian territory are magnificently evoked as a story of family secrets unfolds. Rarely does a puzzle so complicated fit together perfectly—you’ll be shaking your head in amazement.

People Magazine, Book of the Week

A tale of loneliness, grief and rebirth ... Gripping

Evening Standard

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