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Lost Souls Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First edition. Hardback. edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029764565X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297645658
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,270,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Collins is a considerable stylist . . . his prose has a thoughtful, sinewy quality, a kind of subliminal toughness of mind (TELEGRAPH)

A style so arrestingly visual it hijacks the reader's concentration; dazzling with the energy and originality of the language (INDEPENDENT)

[Collins] is a stylist, blessed with the gift of having something worth saying (SCOTSMAN)

One of the most exciting talents to have emerged not only in Ireland but anywhere in recent decades (Susan Hill THE TIMES)

His finest book and most credible character to date . . .An engrossing thriller with a social conscience, and a spell-binding portrait of a community under pressure, LOST SOULS is as close to perfection as a tale of flaws, foibles and failure can hope to come (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

A sharp and stylish read (SUNDAY INDEPENDENT)

It is, above all, American in syntax and rhythm and for an outsider like Collins, albeit one who has lived there for a long time, that is a great achievement... His mastery of style, moment and place, gives it a curious vitality which is thoroughly compelling. (JAY RAYNER OBSERVER)

On occasion, his writing blends the commonplace and the uncanny in a manner reminiscent of the films of David Lynch. The best thing about Lost Souls, however, is the tortured voice of its narrator. (STEPHEN AMIDON SUNDAY TIMES)

The real interest of the book lies... in its dissection of a run-down society.... The novel reads like a report from the front line. It is satisfyingly truthful. Its plain bleak matter-of-fact tone is curiously invigorating. One grows weary after all of those fanciful novelist with a talent for playful invention. It's good to come on one who tells you how it is. Collins is such a writer. (ALLAN MASSIE, THE SCOTSMAN)

The Limerick-born Collins has been described as "the thinking man's John Grisham", but that is less than just. He has a strength and emotional charge that remind you of Patricia Highsmith at her finest. (DAILY MAIL)

What elevates this work beyond the workaday and humdrum thriller is the author's self-conscious knowingness.... Collins brilliantly deploys a cold, precise prose in his descriptions of the theatricalities and absurdities of American life... At the moment it would seem that Michael Collins is one of the chief practitioners within this genre and Lost Souls is a good example of its possibilities. (IRISH TIMES)

"Collins's reputation as one of the finest chroniclers of American life, seen at its darkest and most decayed, is held up admirably by this fine, chilling offering." (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)

Michael Collins is far more than a thriller writer... He's an astute chronicler of small-town dead-end lives, an Irish emigre whose commentaries on American mores and movtivations put him on the Booker shortlist for 200. (MARY FLANAGAN INDEPENDENT)

An engrossing thriller with a social conscience and a spellbinding portrait of a community under pressure, Lost Souls is as close to perfection as a tale of flaws, foibles and failure can hope to come. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

Collins, clearly, is keen to create a mood, an atmosphere, a sombre snapshot of a society that has been driven to a dark place by greed and pain. He achieves this, no doubt. (THE GUARDIAN)

Collins has caught the sheer weirdness of small-town America... the story achieves a rich and unexpected pathos. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

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A novel of small town intrigue and corruption from the author of THE KEEPERS OF TRUGH and THE RESURRECTIONISTS.

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