Border Crossing

ebook A Novel

By Pat Barker

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The basis for the major motion picture The Drowning from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy and The Silence of the Girls.
Out walking with his wife, Lauren, beside the River Tyne, Tom Seymour instinctively risks his life to save a young man who they happen to notice just before he jumps into the icy current. Tom's spontaneous act saves the life of someone whose past, as well as his future, he feels a sense of responsibility towards.
Recently released from prison, and living under an assumed name, Danny Miller was tried for murder as a ten-year-old on the basis of Tom's testimony, and assessment of him as a psychologist and an expert witness. When Danny asks Tom to help him sort out his life—beginning with his past—Tom is drawn into a lonely, soul-searching reinvestigation of the child murderer's case.
"Exhilarating moral exploration, and prose as naked and jolting as an unwrapped live wire." —Richard Eder, The New York Times Book Review
"It's her canny feel for the psyche's ambiguous meanderings, more than plot twists, that generates most of the thrills . . . This author creates an atmosphere of menace worthy of a Joyce Carol Oates." —Dan Cryer, Newsday
"Barker soars to new heights with this harrowing, contemporary study of fate tainted by the stench of evil." —Robert Allen Papinchak, USA Today
"Barker creates a sense of menace worthy of Ian McEwan . . . Border Crossing is replete with sharp, expressive exchanges, hard poetry, and as many enigmas as implacable truths." —Kerry Field, The Atlantic Monthly
Border Crossing