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Lightning On The Sun


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ISBN 10: 0385488564 / ISBN 13: 9780385488563
Published by Doubleday April 2000, 2000
Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. It is tragic that the author died before he could enjoy the praise he so richly deserved for this masterful first novel. Bingham's work is the lost heir. Bookseller Inventory # 20080717101864

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Title: Lightning On The Sun

Publisher: Doubleday April 2000

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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Asher is in trouble. He's washed up in Phnom Penh, the UNESCO monument-preservation work has dried up, and he's at the end of his spiritual and financial ropes. But highest-quality heroin is wonderfully cheap in this dangerous and corrupt part of the world.

So with funds borrowed from the loan-sharking massage parlor owner Mr. Hawk and the aid of journalist and "citizen" Reese as an unwitting mule, he plans to move some weight to New York, where supply will happily meet demand.

His partner in this plan is Julie, his once and future love, a beautiful Harvard-educated dabbler in trendy nihilism and fashionable marginalization, currently working behind the bar at Stopless, a downtown strip club. It's all been carefully worked out, but when Julie decides to improvise, the plans swiftly and dangerously unravel in ways that will put the lives of these three complexly flawed young Americans in mortal danger.

Robert Bingham's Lightning on the Sun is a beautifully plotted and written novel with the fast-paced suspense of a thriller and the moral resonance and exotic setting of one of Graham Greene's classic works. The novel's sense of place, whether steamy Phnom Penh or bustling New York or a leafy New England prep school, is unerring, as is its sense of postmodern moral compromise and the disillusioning ways of the world. It offers an exhilarating read; the literary legacy of one of his generation's most gifted writers.

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Advance Praise for Lightning on the Sun:

"Robert Bingham's Lightning on the Sun is a beautifully written tale of adventure in the Conradian tradition.  Following that tradition, it treats with moral ambiguity and collapse in fateful tropic places where late imperial Americans and Europeans encounter and continue a degenerate version of the great games of history.  Missionaries, do-gooders, criminals and adventurers from the outside prey on and are preyed upon by the inhabitants of the lands they would exploit in a cycle of violence and mutual corruption.  Witty, highly sophisticated and richly entertaining, it is bursting with life-affirming energy that overlays a tragic vision.  Robert Bingham has given us a superb novel."
--Robert Stone

"Terrifying action/pitiful land/pitiable characters/terrible situation--Aristotle couldn't have asked for a better mix of terror and pity."
--P.J. O'Rourke

"Robert Bingham's novel vividly narrates the story of a young American struggling to find himself amid the chaos, corruption, and danger that currently pervade Cambodia. It is tragic that Bingham died before he could enjoy the praise he so richly deserves."
--Stanley Karnow

"Robert Bingham was a young master whose novel--which reads like a poem and moves like a thriller--shifts locale with confident ease. Lightning on the Sun shines an uncompromising light on contemporary life. His characters respond to the world in a way that is both appalling and natural. Bingham's work is the lost heir to Graham Greene and Robert Stone."
--Chris Offutt

"Lightning on the Sun slammed into me like no other novel since Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers, and no other expatriate fiction before that since Conrad's Heart of Darkness. It's as if Robert Bingham swallowed the world whole and proceeded to sweat out its wickedness and moral dissolution into literary perfection. In Mr. Bingham's whipsaw prose, the underside of the empire that is us--America in the '90s--has finally found--and just as quickly lost--its truest, most unforgiving voice. Hip, arrogant, brilliantly successful, lethally nihilistic. This novel leaves me in permanent awe, and permanent mourning."
--Bob Shacochis

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