City on the Edge

City on the Edge

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, urn, Mystery, Fiction, Thriller

An American teen living abroad discovers the truth about himself and his family in this thrilling novel from "one of the best dialogue hounds in the business" (New York Times Book Review).

In the wake of a baffling tragedy, 13-year-old Graham moves with his family to Beirut, Lebanon, a city on the edge of the sea and cataclysmic violence. Inquisitive and restless by nature, Graham suspects his State Department father is a CIA operative, and that their family’s fragile domesticity is merely a front for American efforts along the nearby Israeli border. Over the course of one year, 1972, Graham’s life will utterly change. Two men are murdered, his parent’s marriage disintegrates, and Graham, along with his two ex-pat friends, run afoul of forces they cannot understand. 
The City on the Edge is elegiac, atmospheric, and utterly authentic. It’s the story of innocents caught within the American net of espionage, of the Lebanese transformed by such interference, of the children who ran dangerously beside the churning wheel of history. One part Stephen King’s “The Body” and another John le Carre’s A Perfect Spy, it’s a transformative crime story told with heart and genuine experience.

Title:City on the Edge
ISBN:9780316528542
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    City on the Edge Reviews

  • Jeanette

    Pretty much the most perfect fiction book I've read that was 2021 published. Boys as boys are. Dramatic, gut wrenching clandestine and dangerous as it was entertaining. Eyes from a time when safe and ...

  • J.B. Stevens

    I received an advance copy. This book was outstanding. It is a coming of age story, and reminded me of "The Last Child". I think "City on the Edge" will be a strong award contender in 2021....

  • Ross Cumming

    I was so looking forward to reading this novel and although it's totally different from David Swinson's previous crime novels, its still a great read.It's 1972 and Graham Sanderson is the 12 year old ...

  • Bruce Coffin

    City on the Edge is a deftly written coming-of-age tale set amid the mounting tensions of 1970’s Beirut. Swinson’s depiction of 13-year-old Graham’s odyssey of discovery is nothing short of mast...

  • Dave

    4+...

  • Leane

    Unreliable narrator 13-yr-old Graham describes what happened in 1970's Beirut before and after Munich while living there with his diplomat father. I found the dialogue stilted and question whether it ...

  • Ann

    I did like this book a lot. It is more of a rite of passage for a teenager to become an adult. It did have a murder. that was well written but it sort of took a back seat to the story of Graham's life...

  • Cynde

    1972 Beirut, Graham and his family arrive at his father's new assignment in the Foreign Service. Their apartment building is on a hill near the sea. Graham is twelve and everything about his new home ...

  • Dave

    Good coming of age story....