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The price of courage: On Java Road, by Lawrence Osborne, reviewed

30 July 2022

9:00 AM

30 July 2022

9:00 AM

On Java Road Lawrence Osborne

Hogarth, pp.240, 16.99

Lawrence Osborne’s novels are easy to admire. They tend to deal with characters trapped in morally questionable situations and their backdrops, from Macau to Greece, are often glamorous and exotic. Like any British novelist who deals with morality in foreign places, he gets compared with Graham Greene, but On Java Road, his sixth novel, owes much to Patricia Highsmith too.

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