A Line in the Sand


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Kevin Powers' first novel, The Yellow Birds, won the Guardian First Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was a National Book Award Finalist. His poetry collection, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. His second novel, A Shout in the Ruins, was published in 2018.Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq.


A thriller with a conscience . . . If you're looking for an entertaining, intelligent, and effortlessly readable late addition to the summer reading list, A Line in the Sand is just the ticket
*Sunday Times*

A stunning novel . . . Kevin Powers provides what any discerning reader desires the most - complex and flawed characters, precise use of language, succinct description and believable dialogue . . . One is reminded of Graham Greene's or Robert Stone's work, only set in the 21st century . . . Vivid, seemingly tossed-off descriptions abound, but the book is also filled with gems of wisdom on interior states
*New York Times*

A slow-burning thriller punctuated with understated violence . . . Powerful, cynical and, on occasion,
unexpectedly tender in its depiction of grief, A Line in the Sand is one of the best crime novels of the year to date
*Irish Times*

Tense and enthralling . . . Already compared to le Carré, Powers superbly demonstrates an ability to generate a lyrical story that is both delicate and thrilling
*Daily Mail*

A cracking mystery . . . Let's hope Powers sticks to writing thrillers, because A Line in the Sand is a blast

A deeply compelling story that is both angrier and larger in scope than its predecessor . . . A Line in the Sand succeeds . . . because of its brilliantly nuanced depiction of how veterans deal with coming home to a nation that is, in many ways, as treacherous as a war zone
*Washington Post*

Expertly told . . . thrilling
*Los Angeles Times*

A riveting powerhouse of a book, A Line in the Sand pits two small town cops - and a mysterious Iraqi interpreter whose secrets have already gotten a lot of people killed - against corruption and violence at the highest levels of government. A spellbinding and totally original thriller; Kevin Powers has reinvented himself as novelist yet again
*Philipp Meyer, author of THE SON*

Sure to rank among the year's best thrillers, A Line in the Sand is a tense, twisting, and thoughtful story of the intersection between grief and greed - and the human lives crushed in the middle. Kevin Powers writes with uncommon grace, delivering the rare novel that is both propulsive and contemplative, calling to mind writers as varied as Tim O'Brien and Michael Connelly
*Michael Koryta, author of NEVER FAR AWAY*

Kevin Powers walks-the-walk and talks-the-talk in this compelling, frighteningly knowledgeable thriller
*Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire Series*

Taut and enjoyable . . . Powers shows such skill in smoothly blending polemic with intrigue and (often viscerally violent) action that you'd swear he's an old hand at the thriller genre
*Daily Telegraph*

Powers has done it again. A Line in the Sand has it all . . . Enjoy the latest from a superb storyteller
*David Baldacci, author of THE 6:20 MAN*

A thriller, with a crime so big and characters so flawed, you'll be holding your breath the whole time . . . The book's got all the stuff you've always loved about Powers' writing: a deep and abiding understanding of what soldiers sacrifice, a thoughtful examination of the place he grew up, and prose so beautiful it'll make you weep
*Rachel Beanland, author of FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER*

Kevin Powers' story has the vivid writing, memorable characters, complex plot, and perfect pacing that we get in the best crime fiction, but A Line in the Sand is also something more: a timely indictment of a political system that attempts to disguise greed as benevolence. My admiration for Powers' writing increases with each new novel
*Ron Rash, author of SERENA*

[A] compelling tale of death and shadowy conspiracy. Powers writes evocatively about the depth and grief of loss and exile. Yet his characters, no matter how tested, retain their humanity.
*Financial Times*


'A masterpiece . . . a classic'
Books of the Year, THE TIMES

'A stunning achievement - visceral [and] poignant'

'Remarkable . . . every line is a defiant assertion of the power of beauty to revivify'

'A wonderful, powerful novel that moves and terrifies'

'An important novel by a formidable talent'

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