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The Lioness

(2022)
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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • 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.
 
"The best possible combination of Hemingway and Agatha Christie — a gorgeously written story about the landscape and risks of Africa, whose edge-of-your-seat plot makes it impossible to put down.”
—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here

Tanzania, 1964. When Katie Barstow, A-list actress, and her new husband, David Hill, decide to bring their Hollywood friends to the Serengeti for their honeymoon, they envision giraffes gently eating leaves from the tall acacia trees, great swarms of wildebeests crossing the Mara River, and herds of zebras storming the sandy plains. Their glamorous guests—including Katie’s best friend, Carmen Tedesco, and Terrance Dutton, the celebrated Black actor who stars alongside Katie in the highly controversial film
Tender Madness—will spend their days taking photos, and their evenings drinking chilled gin and tonics back at camp, as the local Tanzanian guides warm water for their baths. The wealthy Americans expect civilized adventure: fresh ice from the kerosene-powered ice maker, dinners of cooked gazelle meat, and plenty of stories to tell over lunch back on Rodeo Drive.
 
What Katie and her glittering entourage do not expect is this: a kidnapping gone wrong, their guides bleeding out in the dirt, and a team of Russian mercenaries herding their hostages into Land Rovers, guns to their heads. As the powerful sun gives way to night, the gunmen shove them into abandoned huts and Katie Barstow, Hollywood royalty, prays for a simple thing: to see the sun rise one more time. A blistering story of fame, race, love, and death set in a world on the cusp of great change,
The Lioness is a vibrant masterpiece from one of our finest storytellers.
 


Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"From its first dazzling pages, Chris Bohjalian's The Lioness enraptured me. You'll want to sink into its velvety glamour at the same time as you'll be swept up in its sharp-eyed exploration of power and predation." - Megan Abbott

"The Lioness is a superb novel, satisfying on every level. Chris Bohjalian has managed a high wire act: A story that is simultaneously a thrilling page-turner, a thoughtful political history, a gripping safari adventure, and a nuanced character portrait. Jumping back and forth between the gimlet glitter of Hollywood and the violent upheavals of midcentury Africa, The Lioness is a whirlwind of a journey. I devoured it." - Janelle Brown

"I loved this novel so much that I blew off all my responsibilities, turned off my phone, and got lost in this mesmerizing world created by Chris Bohjalian. A masterful tapestry of heart-pounding suspense and deeply moving drama, The Lioness explores what it takes to survive the siren songs of old Hollywood glitter and the Serengeti's majestic expanse. I cannot recommend this book highly enough." - Angie Kim

"The Lioness feels like the best possible combination of Hemingway and Agatha Christie -- a gorgeously written story about the landscape and risks of Africa, whose edge-of-your-seat plot makes it impossible to put down. Bohjalian just gets better and better." - Jodi Picoult


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Hardback Editions

May 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Lioness: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-385-54482-0 / 978-0-385-54482-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

June 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lioness: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-593-60779-1 / 978-0-593-60779-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

May 2022 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Lioness: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-593-58953-X / 978-0-593-58953-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lioness: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Doubleday
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