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Can you become someone else without the world noticing?

Can you become someone else without the world noticing?

When David’s wife confesses that she was once a prostitute, the revelation doesn’t disturb him - he considers it simply an error of youth. But the following night David collapses from a rare brain disease and within a few months his world is turned upside down.

It was a perfectly acceptable life – successful business, happy marriage, two children. Why then has David involved himself in an identity-theft crime worth millions of dollars? Why is he taking instructions from the oddly eloquent, handsome criminal, Ben Strbic? David can’t quite understand the sequence of events that has led him here, only that he must continue to the very end.

As the days and months progress, a scam that was meant to be straightforward becomes a perilous mystery unfolding in David’s very own life.

We are led up shabby and menacing lanes and into rundown apartment buildings. Besser is in command of both the cerebral and scenic elements of his demanding story. The disarming but troubling last words of Man in the Corner are Leah’s: “There is nothing else to say.” In this daring debut, Besser makes us doubt any such confident, or knowingly misleading assertions.
THE AUSTRALIAN

Reviews

Selected in Five of the Best, People's Choice on ABC TV The Book Club

The Book Club, ABC TV

We are led up shabby and menacing lanes and into rundown apartment buildings. Besser is in command of both the cerebral and scenic elements of his demanding story. The disarming but troubling last words of Man in the Corner are Leah’s: “There is nothing else to say.” In this daring debut, Besser makes us doubt any such confident, or knowingly misleading assertions.

Peter Pierce, The Australian

Man In The Corner is brilliant modern noir, an intriguing thought experiment and a really fun, addictive read.

Simon Baker

A mischievously smart novel, its complex plot hooks you in inexorably.

Stephen A Russell, The New Daily

Nathan Besser’s debut novel is a fascinating tale that begins with a scandalous confession and finishes on a similar note. Imbued with social commentary and based in what must be familiar Sydney suburbs for Besser, Man In The Corner is a brilliant read that can be most clearly described as a psychological thriller. Yet, there’s more here.

Good Reading Magazine

Mind-bending thriller.

The Weekly Review

An astounding debut novel, this was a most unusual, and very rewarding read.

AustCrimeFiction.org

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857989895

    August 1, 2016

    Vintage Australia

    304 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780857989918

    August 1, 2016

    Random House Australia

    304 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780857989901

    August 14, 2017

    Vintage Australia

    304 pages

    RRP $22.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
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    • The Nile
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    • Readings
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Extract

For the duration of his wife’s disclosure, David’s eyes followed the lines of the patterned ceiling in their bedroom. If he tilted his head at a certain angle, the curlicues in the corner of each plaster square had a way of looking like Papa Smurf. It was one of those things that once you saw one way, you could never see another way again.

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Man in the Corner Reading Notes

Venture to the dark side of suburbia with Nathan Besser’s modern noir.