The lioness a novel

by Bohjalian, Chris, 1962-

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Summary
"A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in this riveting historical thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant"--
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Booklist Review: "Katie Barstow, Hollywood's hottest young actress, plans her honeymoon as a Serengeti safari and invites her brother, sister-in-law, and a coterie of industry friends and colleagues to come along. It's the mid-1960s, and the pampered travelers drop into a world roiled by geopolitical crises as the grip of colonialism is being challenged by Native uprisings, each side manipulated by Russian and U.S. counterintelligence agencies mired in escalating Cold War tensions. No sooner do their guides set up camp then they are overtaken by kidnappers, and those who are not immediately killed or tortured are taken hostage. The travelers are oblivious to these outside forces, however, and naively cling to the belief that rescue is at hand. She's Katie Barstow, after all. The novel's opening action may burst forth with a deadly ambush but Bohjalian doesn't blindside loyal readers who have come to expect his signature combination of exotic locations, titillating characters, and energetic pacing. Stark and dark, violent and vivid, this may be versatile Bohjalian's most harrowing work since Skeletons of the Feast (2008). Intimately researched, the Serengeti's beauty and brutality are vibrantly infused in every scene, a grounding counterpoint to the competing dynamics of human cruelty and compassion."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In 1964, Hollywood star Katie Barstow and her Rodeo Drive gallerist husband head to Tanzania for a safari honeymoon, along with an assortment of family and friends, in this devastatingly cunning suspense novel from bestseller Bohjalian (Hour of the Witch). The group includes Katie's psychologist brother and sister-in-law, an agent, a publicist, an actor and her screenwriter husband, and Katie's costar in a scandalous film. Shepherded by a private guide in Land Rovers in the Serengeti, they take photos of giraffes, elephants, lions, and wildebeests, while a slew of porters and cooks provide such amenities as waterproof canvas bathtubs, a kerosene-powered ice maker, and a sufficient supply of gin and tonic. The idyll for Katie and crew comes to an end after they become the target of Russian mercenaries, who hold them captive in abandoned huts. Worse follows, including fatal snake bites. Bohjalian does a superb job of judiciously rolling out information of how past transgressions may have led to the heart-stopping episodes of chaos and carnage as the shocking, twist-filled plot builds up to the revelation of "the real reasons for the safari nightmare." This brilliant whydunit is not to be missed. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary. (May)"
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Subjects Actors Fiction
Americans Tanzania Serengeti Plain Fiction
Safaris Fiction
Kidnapping Fiction
Literature
Historical Fiction
Thriller
Fiction
Serengeti Plain (Tanzania) Fiction
Tanzania History 1918-1964 Fiction
Electronic books.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Historical fiction.
Romance fiction.
1918-1964
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group,2022
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2022
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780385544832
0385544839
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