A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, he's about to be retired. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu is the ideal place to serve out his time, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, money-laundering operations, drug factories and torture centers. None of which should be a problem, since Lester's brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye.

Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a new home when the island dies. When Mancreu's fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he has no choice but to rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the island--and the boy--will need.

From the award-winning author of Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World, Tigerman is a novel at once deeply heartfelt and headlong thrilling--about parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
ISBN: 9780385352420
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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Sep 09, 2018

Nick Harkaway is probably the best writer of his generation, and Tigerman is perhaps his best work. Tigerman is a remarkable book, not just for its story, but the words and sentences that get you there. His work is playful, thoughtful, and insightful. He salutes the comic book/graphic novel mindset of the young reader and morphs it into sage observations about the world at large. Like a Chekov conceit, almost everything that shows up is used again as the story progresses. He is the Tom Robbins of the present and his wordplay is an homage to the English language.

Aug 31, 2015

The first third of this book is really charming, simple and pleasant. Then it shifts genre two times, with very uneven transitions, improbable situations and a highly inappropriate ending considering the book that it started out to be. I cannot understand why this gets so much attention from the literary world. It doesn't deserve it. On the other hand, the main character is very likable.

msmigels Feb 14, 2015

"The Tiger Man, for Christ's sake! I'm living in a comic book."
A strange combination of thriller, literary fiction, and verbal "graphic novel” that whizzes past inventive toward ridiculously improbable. While mostly entertaining in classic comic book tradition (curiosity satisfied, good trumps evil, romance, an action-packed chase, etc.) , I expected more. There was just something wrong with treating a story about the moral murk that empire leaves behind, and Ferris’s emotional attachment to the boy, with the easy bombast of an adventure story for boys.

ChristchurchLib Jul 20, 2014

"Assigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who during a violent uprising desperately relies on him for help. By the award-winning author of Angelmaker." Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b4f6ee64-db77-4e52-b8b4-047c4a840df7?postId=68a5ce8f-6d53-453a-a4fa-045bd063b705


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