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Apr 11, 2000
| ISBN 9780375702167
Sep 29, 2010
| ISBN 9780307765277
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Apr 11, 2000 | ISBN 9780375702167
Sep 29, 2010 | ISBN 9780307765277
From the award-winning author of A Good Man Africa and An Ice-Cream War comes Armadillo, a brilliant satirical noir set in contemporary London.To his colleagues, Lorimer Black, the handsome, mild-mannered insurance adjuster rising through the ranks of his London firm, is known as the guy who has it all: the sleek suits, the enviable status. But when Lorimer arrives at a routine business appointment and finds his client hanging from a water pipe, his life spirals out of control. His company car is blowtorched after he investigates a fire at a luxury hotel. He becomes the fall guy of a new colleague who puts the company in the red and the victim of a vicious attack by the possessive husband of a mysterious actress. As Lorimer becomes increasingly entangled in an apparent conspiracy that involves everyone he knows, his own past comes to light. A brilliant satirical noir, Armadillo confirms Boyd’s place as England’s most versatile, sublime novelist.
On a cold winter’s morning, Lorimer Black, an insurance adjustor — young, good-looking, on the rise — goes to keep a perfectly ordinary appointment only to find a hanged man.His life is about to be turned upside down and in directions he never imagined. The elements at play: A beautiful actress with whom he finds himself falling in love after a quick glimpse of her in a passing taxi … an odd, new, business associate whose hiring, firing and rehiring make little sense … a rock musician whose loss — in this case of his mind — may be "adjusted" by the insurance company. What ties it all together: a web of fraud in which virtually everyone he knows is somewhat involved, a web in which he finds himself being increasingly entangled.
WILLIAM BOYD was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the award-winning author of sixteen highly acclaimed novels and five collections of stories. He divides his time between London and France.
"[T]his novel is everything good fiction should be." –The Washington Post Book World"Combines a touch of Dickensian realistic comedy with a Kafkaesque sense of modern urban terror. . . . [William Boyd] has a rare talent." —The Baltimore Sun"Boyd has a frisky style . . . that will keep you chortling . . . all the way to the end." —The Los Angeles Times Book Review"The storytelling talents that marked Mr. Boyd’s earlier books are fully in evidence in this entertaining novel." —The New York Times
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