Graveland

A Novel

Alan Glynn

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Someone is assassinating the financial industry’s most powerful players—in cold blood and in broad daylight—in intricate, eerily relevant new thriller from Alan Glynn, the award-winning author of Bloodland and Limitless.

On a bright Saturday morning, a Wall Street investment banker is shot dead while jogging in Central Park. Hours later, one of New York City’s savviest hedge-fund managers is gunned down outside a restaurant. Are these killings a coordinated terrorist attack, or just a coincidence? Investigative journalist Ellen Dorsey has a hunch they’re neither, and when an attempt is made on the life of another CEO, her theory is confirmed. The story blows wide open, and as Ellen races to stay ahead of the curve, her path collides with that of a recession-hit architect, Frank Bishop, whose daughter’s disappearance may be tied to the murders.

Set deep in a shadow world of corrupt business deals and radical politics—with a plot that echoes today’s headlines in haunting and unexpected ways—Graveland is a mind-blowing thriller that intensifies with every page.

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JEFF GALE LEAVES HIS BUILDING AT 8:15 A.M. It’s a Saturday morning, and Seventy-fourth Street is quiet. A taxi glides by. Across the street an old lady stands with her poodle waiting for it to take a dump.
The sun is shining, but it’s still a little chilly.
Jeff Gale limbers up. He puts in his earbuds, taps on his iPod, and takes off for Central Park, which is three blocks away. As usual, by the time he gets to Madison Avenue he has pretty much clicked into gear, running in sync with the music and staying ahead of his anxieties, none of which will make it with

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Praise for Graveland

Graveland paints wonderfully detailed characters on the broad canvas of greed, with a plot ripped from as-yet-unwritten but disturbingly credible headlines. A hugely relevant, undeniably compelling thriller.” —Chris Pavone, author of The Expats

Graveland is an excellent novel — smart and edgy, yet possessing real substance and depth.  Glynn is fast becoming one of the best contemporary thriller writers around.” —R.J. Ellory, author of Candlemoth and A Quiet Belief in Angels

“Glynn takes the pitch-perfect paranoia and the journalist-as-heromotif of the 1970s and matches them up with crimes that are indelibly contemporary…. Graveland is everything a conspiracy thriller should be: paranoid, tense and ultimately exhilarating.” —The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Hugely impressive…. A book that gleefully surprises at every turn… There are uncanny echoes of  [the] recent Boston events, and Glynn uses his scenarios to cleverly analyze the way the media and social media influence narrative in the twenty-first century, without ever being heavy-handed about it. Disturbing yet utterly engrossing, [Graveland] a very modern, very original and very good thriller indeed.” —Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue  

Graveland proceeds at a rattling pace… A host of disparate characters — among them a pair of radicalized brothers, a bereft father, a crusading journalist, and a Wall Street kingpin — are skillfully interwoven, creating a story that is both a contemporary take on the timeless clash between the powerless many and the powerful few and a commentary on the perception, interpretation and manipulation of the narratives that shape our lives…. An invigorating slice of conspiracy noir, Graveland is simultaneously a heartbreaking account of the human cost of corporate greed.” —Declan Burke, The Irish Times

“[Glynn is] a writer with a distinct voice and an extraordinary ability to generate pace and tension… A gripping and cleverly constructed thriller. Suffice to say that, given the terrible and violent events in Boston some weeks ago, it is an eerily prescient read…. Graveland really could have been torn from today's headlines.” —The Irish Independent

“Utterly, convincingly unpredictable. This is dark territory, where titans of industry brandish soul-crushing power with ruthless ambition, corrupting the very core of the system that made them rich in the first place.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The underbelly of the New York financial scene is uncovered in all of its decidedly unglamorous ‘glory’ in this timely thriller… The Edgar Award–nominated Glynn’s no-frills prose deftly captures the not-so-pretty side of New York’s financial elite while serving up a compelling mystery.” —Library Journal

“Although Irish, Glynn spent four years in New York City and knows the ways of both its rich and its poor… [and] he clearly knows how to move a plot with many moving pieces…. Timely.” —Shelf Awareness


Praise for
Bloodland
A Finalist for the Edgar Award (Best Paperback Original)


“Ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Bloodland is irresistible....Exhilarating.” —Val McDermid

“Glynn plays out these grand themes—the global economic crisis, America’s battle with China for dominance in Africa, the human costs of illegal mining—on a very personal scale, through a group of deeply flawed but compelling characters.”—NPR

“Glynn spins a seamless web of conspiracy spanning three continents....I read Bloodland twice, the second time for the rare pleasure of watching a first-rate investigative reporter—and novelist—at work.”—The Daily Beast

“Stunningly intricate...like an amped-up twenty-first-century version of Dashiell Hammett’s The Glass Key.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“A classic paranoid thriller… In a year of global economic disasters, scandalous political mismanagement and the attempted occupation of various strategic interests by ‘the 99%,’ Bloodland is a very timely novel indeed.” —Declan Burke, January Magazine (A Best Book of the Year)

“Powerfully engaging...A thriller has to thrill. And Bloodland, an intelligent, often thrilling book, delivers.”—The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A tightly woven picture of global corporate influence and corruption. Glynn's work has drawn comparisons to John le Carré… [which] usefully illuminates Bloodland's bold, pointed topicality… From the inauspicious beginnings of a dead reality TV star, Glynn's great novel finds an impressive, surprising scope.” —The Portland Mercury

“Scarily plausible in a way that eludes most thriller writers, with an alarmingly authentic case of control freaks and loose cannons… I’ve not read such a multi-layered, expertly plotted portrayal of arrogance, greed and hubris in a long time—there are, as the publishers claim, echoes of John le Carré, 24 and James Ellroy here, but Glynn’s talent is all his own, and his ability to ratchet up the tension is eye-popping.”  —The Guardian (London)


Praise for Winterland

“Timely, topical, and thrilling.” —John Connolly

“A terrific read...completely involving.” —George Pelecanos

“This is the colossus of Irish crime fiction....It is a noir masterpiece, the bar against which all future works will be judged.” —Ken Bruen


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About the Author

Alan Glynn

Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College. His first novel, Limitless, was released as a film in March 2011 by Relativity Media. He is also the author of Winterland and Bloodland.

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Graveland
A Novel
Alan Glynn

e-Book Agency

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Picador
May 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429943338
ISBN10: 1429943335
368 pages
$9.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312621292
ISBN10: 0312621299
Trade Paper with Flaps
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$16.00
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