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William Boyd
Thrillers & Suspense
Vintage Canada (February 15, 2011)
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Ordinary Thunderstorms is a 2009 novel by William Boyd. It explores the dark side of London's underworld and the international pharmaceutical industry. Adam Kindred is a recently divorced climatologist who has moved back to England. 1.

If readers surfacing from the hectic activity of Ordinary Thunderstorms's opening chapters suspect that William Boyd has set himself the straightforward task of producing an efficient, multi-stranded thriller, a clue soon emerges to hint at a more complex literary purpose.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. William Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift.

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Ordinary Thunderstorms. Bloomsbury Publishing, 7 сент. William Boyd is the author of nine novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year.

Books‘Ordinary Thunderstorms’. Continue reading the main story. Supported by. Ordinary Thunderstorms’. Adam Kindred?' Later, Adam found it hard to explain to himself why he had reacted so violently to hearing his name. perhaps he was more traumatised than he thought; perhaps the levels of recent stress he had been experiencing had made him a creature of reflex rather than ratiocination. By William Boyd (Bloomsbury £1. 9). William Boyd quickens the pace of this conspiracy-fuelled story by switching between narrative perspectives, introducing a hit man, the head of a pharmaceutical company and a sharp, pretty, young policewoman. By Hephzibah Anderson for MailOnline Updated: 11:58 EST, 14 September 2009. Adam Kindred is a 30-something climatologist, back in Britain after a nasty divorce in America. Throughout, he braids a taut plot with musings on identity and corruption, offering lingeringly atmospheric glimpses of London's many hidden selves.

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Ordinary Thunderstorms book. I recently finished reading William Boyd's latest novel, Ordinary Thunderstorms. It took me forever because I kept abandoning it then picking it up again. I mean, surely it couldn't be that awful all the way through to the final page.

A thrilling, plot-twisting novel from the author of Restless, a national bestseller and winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award.It is May in Chelsea, London. The glittering river is unusually high on an otherwise ordinary afternoon. Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, ambles along the Embankment, admiring the view. He is pleasantly surprised to come across a little Italian bistro down a leafy side street. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents through which Adam will lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, mobile phone - never to get them back.A heart-in-mouth conspiracy novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of the everyday city.From the Hardcover edition.
  • Burking
I have read other William Boyd books so I 'look out' for new ones and try them. For my money, he is a fine writer of suspense who offers well-developed characters and plots and serves them up with a good dash of local color and human insight. The point in this outing is that 'ordinary thunderstorms' can spiral out of control, particularly in human interactions. There is murder and mayhem. Tension comes from the 'innocent man in the wrong place' and the hero is 'on the run' from both the police and from the real killer. Business malfeasance plays a role in the plot and in the intellectual content of the story. This novel is gritty without being gross: readers will not wake up from bad dreams in the middle of the night.
  • Hunaya
The storyline is fine though not as compelling for me as that of Boyd's Restless. My rating has to do with the print errors. There are countless editing/typeset errors that are distracting to the point of making the beginning of the book almost unreadable. These are not occasional errors; they are incessant. The publisher is Harper Perennial. It has - P.S. Insights, Interviews & More - on the cover. Many of the errors have to do with unusually large spacing in contractions and possessives: it 's, he 's, water 's edge, Adam 's briefcase, Wang 's file. Besides this, words are run together; letters are superimposed over each other. There are occasional random spaces in the middle of words such as - con fidence - on page 13. There are words run together such as - whosefingerprints - on page 27. I'm hoping that this edition is a fluke, because I've never before seen anything like this!
  • ᴜɴɪᴄᴏʀɴ
Author of note William Boyd tries his hand at a crime thriller and delivers a decent, if rather unfinished, story. This is one of those novels that you enjoy throughout --Boyd's usual original and interesting characters, good pacing with a lot of interweaving of different protagonist vs. antagonist perspectives, skilled e evoking of place and atmosphere, etc.--but at the end you're left asking a dozen questions about unresolved character relationships, unlikely actions/reactions and whether the author intends to write a sequel (which is badly needed, in my opinion).

"Ordinary Thunderstorms" (still not completely sure if the title is apt) is more or less the story of a decent, intelligent 30-something scientist who inadvertently walks into murder cum industrial crime situation (think Le Carre on the latter subject) who panics and goes underground to avoid the police and the murder victim's killer. He is quickly the focus of both police and murderer's attentions and is gradually forced into trying to resolve the original murder himself.

The best part of this book is the range of characters that author Boyd sets at play. What works less well the over dependence on random chance for the action scenes and the counter-intuitive decisions by the protagonist and other principal characters. By the end of the book, you're thinking--wow, this is really some fine writing, but what about all those holes?!
  • Ylonean
William Boyd is a literary craftsman whose skills keep the reader enthralled and informed from the first page to the last. He is the antidote to all the overpraised writers fawned over erroneously in the current publishing climate of `name' and `brand' because they lucked into (often undeserved) popularity. Boyd is the real thing: a writer.

`Ordinary Thunderstorms' (the title reflects the way in which simple climatic phenomena can grow in complexity to major events) is brilliantly observed and meticulously written. No reader in the U.S. should stay away simply because it deals significantly with London and the Thames. It explains much that curious and intelligent readers want to know about any major world city, a stunning insider view that strips modern London to its truths.

Boyd takes us into the times, places and events with unerring skill, drawing out the characters with exquisite detail of appearance, speech, environment, motivation and behavior. This is a thriller of extraordinary dimensions, and one can only hope it will be filmed, to provide (yet again) counterpoint to the mindless drivel that passes increasingly for movie entertainment these days.

I will not reveal the plot. The suspense is excruciating, and who would deny a reader that pleasure? Suffice it to say that Boyd traces the life and transformation into other worlds and identities of a young British college professor, newly returned to the U.K. from the U.S., dragged unsuspecting into a murder for which he is considered guilty. As it evolves, the story encompasses a pharmaceutical-corporation deception of global intricacy, a murder-for-hire thug, a young black prostitute and her son, a revivalist mission, and the London police. Every character is memorable, every chapter turns the screw tighter, until the reader is caught up in the plot intricacies at ever-heightened levels of tension and anxiety. In this, Boyd shows his skills as a writer: it all fits, like the structure of a complex pharmaceutical molecule, and the necessary suspensions of disbelief are few and forgivable. This is entertainment at rarified levels of execution.

Boyd does one other thing, and it is important. He never overwrites. He uses only the right amount of unaffected words and appropriate levels of detail to tell his story. In this (read some of my other reviews for amplification) he provides a model for other writers who apparently can't stop themselves from telling us too much, in too lengthy and repetitive forms, and who seem to be in love with the sound of their own voices. Boyd "tells it like it is" as directly as he can. He richly deserves all the praise that is heaped on him in the UK.
  • Kelerius
I purchased this book based on reviews that indicated Mr. Boyd was a great author. After slogging through this shallow, ill-conceived and poorly researched book, I cannot understand the good reviews. The only plausible explanation is that people confuse overuse of ten dollar words with good writing. I don't mind an author using his/her advanced vocabulary, but this guy seems to go to the thesaurus to search for the most arcane words he can find. This wouldn't bother me so much except that he fairly regularly misuses words. Couple that with the fact that he clearly didn't research the topics in his book and it becomes nearly unreadable.

The story was ok (hence the two stars), though thoroughly predictable. Character development, not so much. I don't understand the love this guy gets.