The Horned Man

HornedMan“For 25 years I have deliberately resisted every impulse to use the adjective ‘unputdownable’. But records are meant to be broken, and James Lasdun’s dark psychological thriller, The Horned Man is…’unputdownable’… It is a masterpiece of chilling, mesmerizing control.”  — Michael Dirda, Washington Post

The Horned Man is not just a skillful thriller. Almost every sentence is a delight in its penetration, imagination, aptness, and freedom from cliche… This is a black novel but a beautiful one.”  — Gabriele Annan, New York Review of Books

The Horned Man is a beautiful and deeply disturbing book, one that defies simple explanation. A man’s life begins to unravel at the mercy of what appears to be a conspiracy, and in James Lasdun’s deft hands, this dissolution assumes the harrowing, irresistible power of a nightmare.”  — Jennifer Egan

“The book combines a narcotic literary ease with a knuckle-whitening tension – like a roller coaster ride taken on codeine.”  — Emily Nussbaum, New York Times

“A beautifully imagined story, singular in its observations of human life and the shifting realities of ourselves and all that is around us.”  — Paula Fox

“This enormously inventive, superbly written novel puts more seasoned authors in the shade.”  — The Sunday Times (London)

The Horned Man is the descendent of both Saint Augustine and Buster Keaton. It’s odd, unfathomably beautiful, very (very, very, very) funny, charismatic and a shade miraculous.”  — Rivka Galchen, Granta Books of the Year

The Horned Man is hands down one of the best novels of the past decade. Lasdun is a writer of consummate skill and control and this is a great story masterfully told.”  — M.J. Hyland

“There are hints of Nabokov and Chandler in this superb piece of invention and implosion. Lasdun’s wide-ranging imagination and wit is bounded only by a brevity compared to which Raymond Carver seems wordy.”  — Dale Peck

“A wonderful first novel from a writer with a poet’s gift for precision. The Horned Man is an elegantly troubling, and often very funny, fable of sexual obsession and urban unease which Lasdun brings to a genuinely startling culmination.”  — A.L. Kennedy