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Friday, January 29, 2016

Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne

Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne returns me to that ubiquitous state of ghosts, being invisible, multiple identities, wanderlust, and the other usual suspects in a current novel. Robert, a UK teacher, is traveling in Cambodia and neighboring countries. He becomes invisible by being another after an encounter with Simon, an ex pat American. Now that’s a switch. Robert being Simon takes on a tutoring job and things get even more bizarre. Surreal is best description so far. When Robert first arrived in Cambodia, he went to a casino and won some goodly amount of money. That money had bad karma as we soon learn and Robert fell into a rabbit hole, Alice had once willingly gone down. One misadventure followed another and events cascaded just as Karma would predict. The circle of life and death is more of a spiral and Robert is not back where he started but a level higher. It is a fascinating and wondrous journey Robert takes and one we can enjoy and view from a far.

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