You Were Never Really Here

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Pushkin Press, Feb 22, 2018 - Fiction - 112 pages
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A new extended edition of this supremely hardboiled thriller, to tie in with the release of a major hollywood film version, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Lynne Ramsay

Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. So he hides away, earning a living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. Now he’s been hired to save the daughter of a New York senator, held captive at a Manhattan brothel. But he’s stumbled into a dangerous web of conspiracy – and he’s about to pay the price.

Brutal and redemptive in equal measure, You Were Never Really Here is a toxic shot of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons.
“Short, taut and in only the darkest shades of noir” The Sunday Times

“Achieves more than most crime novels three times the length” The Times, Crime Novels of the Year 2016

“A striking and powerful noir debut” Daily Mail

“Fast-moving, agreeably violent and perfectly pared-down” Spectator

“Ice-cold modern noir” Mr Hyde

“A dark thriller, full of attitude and heart” San Francisco Chronicle
Jonathan Ames is the author of nine books including Wake Up, Sir! (published by Pushkin Press) The Extra Man, I Love You More Than You Know and the graphic novel The Alcoholic. He also created the hit HBO comedy Bored to Death, starring Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman, as well as Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart. You Were Never Really Here has now been turned into a major Hollywood film, starring Joaquin Phoenix. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Former FBI agent Joe, the hero of this superb short exercise in noir from Ames (Wake Up, Sir!), once specialized in rescuing human trafficking victims, until he was traumatized by finding 30 poisoned ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Novelist, essayist, creator of the beloved TV series Bored to Death and Blunt Talk, Jonathan Ames is celebrated not only for his comic sensibilities and devotion to the absurd but for his lurid attraction to inner demons. In this shocking and suspenseful thriller, the author goes darker than noir, with an ass-kicking and psychologically tormented guardian angel who rescues others but refuses to save himself.

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