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Alan Glynn
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6 Mar 2014

A Wall Street investment banker is shot dead while jogging in Central Park. Later that night, one of the savviest hedge-fund managers in the city is gunned down outside a fancy Upper West Side restaurant. Are these killings part of a coordinated terrorist attack, or just coincidence? Investigative journalist Ellen Dorsey has a hunch that it's neither. Days later, when an attempt is made on the life of another CEO, the story blows wide open...

Racing to stay ahead of the curve, Ellen encounters Frank Bishop, a recession-hit architect, whose daughter has gone missing. The search for Lizzie and her boyfriend takes Frank and Ellen from a quiet campus to the blazing spotlight of a national media storm - and into the devastating crucible of a personal and a public tragedy.

Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows once again is James Vaughn, legendary CEO of private equity firm the Oberon Capital Group. Despite his failing health, Vaughan is refusing to give up control easily, and we soon see just how far-reaching and pervasive his influence really is.

Set deep in the place where corrupt global business and radical politics clash, Alan Glynn's Graveland is an explosive and hugely topical thriller.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571275478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571275472
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Graveland paints wonderfully detailed characters on the broad canvas of greed, with a plot ripped from as-yet-unwritten but disturbingly credible headlines. A hugely relevant, undeniably compelling thriller.' (CHRIS PAVONE)

Glynn crafts a complex tale in which a host of disparate characters are skilfully interwoven, creating a story that is both a contemporary take on the timeless clash between the powerless many and the powerful few and a commentary on the perception, interpretation and manipulation of the narratives that shape our lives. On the one hand an invigorating slice of conspiracy noir, Graveland is simultaneously a heartbreaking account of the human cost of corporate greed. (Irish Times)

A writer with a distinct voice and an extraordinary ability to generate pace and tension ... A gripping and cleverly constructed thriller. ... It is an eerily prescient read really could have been torn from today's headlines. (Irish Independent)

Set deep in the place where corrupt global business and radical politics clash, Alan Glynn's GRAVELAND is an explosive and hugely topical thriller. (

Graveland is an excellent novel - smart and edgy, yet possessing real substance and depth. Glynn is fast becoming one of the best contemporary thriller writers around. (R.J. ELLORY)

Glynn's uncannily perceptive eye remains completely focussed here, as he lifts up the rock of New York finance and exposes all the nasty creepy-crawlies underneath ... Glynn masterfully dips into three different storylines ... The way he brings his stories together is fantastic and original ... Disturbing yet utterly engrossing, this is a very modern, very original and very good thriller indeed. (Big Issue)

The matters that Glynn explores are grave indeed - widespread corruption, limitless greed, the almost hopeless pursuit of truth in an easily distracted world, and most tellingly, the degree to which every one of us is thoroughly involved in it all. It is a smashing read - timely, relevant, exciting, ambitious, and ultimately quite moving. (

"Graveland" is everything a conspiracy thriller should be: paranoid, tense and ultimately exhilarating. Unlike an explosion-laden summer blockbuster, the thrill here - as anyone old enough to remember the Watergate coverage firsthand knows - lies in its nail-biting hunt for clues. (

Gripping and cleverly constructed thriller ... eerily prescient. (Belfast Telegraph)

This a sleek, cool thriller, a genuine page-turner ... In common with Glynn's other books Graveland has something important to show us and in future years it will stand as the crime novel which unpacked the effects of the financial crisis. ( --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In the final part of Alan Glynn's spectacular loose-trilogy of conspiracy thrillers, someone is assassinating the most powerful players in the global financial markets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, cerebral, contemporary thriller 15 July 2013
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Graveland is the third book in a loose trilogy that all feature the well connected, aging and secretive, James Vaughan and the tentacles of Oberon Capital Group, and a handful of other overlapping characters. As with Winterland and Bloodland, Glynn has written a well plotted, nuanced and layered political/financial thriller - this time weaving together radical politics and Wall Street greed. And although there are several intersecting plotlines and subplots, Glynn guides the reader effortlessly through them. The telling feels polished, the prose and narrative thoughtfully crafted, and the style is all tell and no-show. The characterisation is nicely realised, with each of the principal characters vivid, complex and three-dimensional. Overall, a fitting end to the trilogy, that also closes off Glynn's first book, The Dark Fields - an enjoyable, cerebral, contemporary thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning end to trilogy 24 Jun 2013
By Domino
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Alan Glynn's Graveland, the best of his 4 novels to date, and the last in a loose trilogy connected by shady business leader James Vaughan, is an engrossing story. Glynn tells several, initially seemingly unconnected, stories all of which feature interesting characters who, as the plot lines come together, find themselves thrown together by events that will stay with you long after you finish the book. Set against the financial crisis, Glynn's novel does not try to explain the fine details, but shows how people have been affected by, or taken advantage of, the financial meltdown. We understand the motivations of the characters, even those caught up in violence or corruption. A steady build up, increasing tension and a breathless finish. Hope George Clooney and Stephen Soderburgh read this - it would make their kind of movie...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller 17 Aug 2013
I read this having really enjoyed the two previous books in the trilogy. I expected a page turner and it didn't disappoint. Relatively short chapters switching from one absorbing character's perspective to another make for a fast-paced read. Glynn's novels have a disconcerting habit of almost foretelling real-life events. Among other themes this book examines the catastrophic consequences when misguided, disaffected individuals turn to terrorism. For loyal Glynn fans, towards the end there's also a pretty neat, unexpected tie-in with his first novel, Limitless (aka The Dark Fields). Well worth reading.
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Graveland looked to have an interesting plot as I worked my way through, but each of the characters was paper thin with nothing to engender any emotion about what happened to them. I stuck with it to the end in the hope of something fascinating bringing together the plot, but instead felt like one of the characters in the book who says of an ongoing court case where the lead prosecutor examines everything in minute detail something like "everyone is an expecting an exciting finale, but perhaps this will just peter out". The author aimed high, but unfortunately missed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Never picked up speed 9 Aug 2013
By Weshty
I absolutely loved the film Limitless and was amazed to realise it was based on a novel Dark Fields. Having heard Alan Glynn's interview about "Gravelands" with Matt Cooper on the "Last Word" on Today FM, I pretty much went out and bought it on the spot.

The plot pulls together several threads. An out-of-work architect reduced to (literally) working in a mac-job. Some "Rage against the machine" students, and the assassination of some high powered One-Percenters. While on the periphery the all powerful financial collossus Vaughan sets about stepping down from his CEO role.

While some points are made about how the '08 moneymen machinations affected and continue to affect us proles, the plot elements just never seemed to get off the ground and engage me. On top of this the denoument just fizzles out with a whimper.

I was underwhelmed.
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