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Black Leopard, Red Wolf
By (author): Marlon James
9780385690324 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Historical Feb 05, 2019
$36.50 CAD
Active 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.4 in 640 pages Doubleday Canada Bond Street Books
The epic new novel from Marlon James, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings:an African Game of Thrones.

In the first novel in Marlon James’ Dark Star trilogy, African myth, fantasy and history come together in the story of a band of mercenaries hired to find a missing child.

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged by a mysterious slave trader to track down a boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to find the boy. The band is a hodge-podge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy’s scent—from one ancient city to the next, through dense forests and across deep rivers—the band is set upon by creatures intent on destroying Tracker and his cohorts. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important question of all: who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Combining African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written an immersive saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also a deeply involving novel. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both an addictive page-turner and a genre-defying epic. Bold, ambitious and captivating, it’s a literary event that’s great fun to read.

Story Locale: Africa

THE NEW MARLON JAMES NOVEL: This is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times-bestselling and Booker Prize-winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. We are honoured and excited to bring him to the Bond Street Books list.

A NEW DIRECTION: Known for his fertile imagination and brilliant writing, Marlon James ventures into exciting territory with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, marking a new direction in James’ career.

A BRILLIANT MIX OF GENRES: Defying categorization and transcending genre, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both a literary novel and a page-turning fantasy, a fascinating character study that’s also a slam-dunk adventure tale. This is a novel that can reach a wide audience.

THE FIRST BIG NOVEL OF 2019: We plan to make the publication of Black Leopard, Red Wolf the first literary publishing event of 2019.

AN AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: In addtion to the Booker, Marlon James has also won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Books Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

MARLON JAMES is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women and John Crow’s Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. A professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, James divides his time between Minnesota and New York.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

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Author Social Media: Facebook: @Marlon-James-Novelist; Twitter: @MarlonJames5

Praise for A Brief History of Seven Killings:

“[A] tour de force.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzingly complex.” —The New York Times

“Awe-inspiring.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Thrilling, ambitious…both intense and epic.” —Los Angeles Times


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