Conner Habib Hawk Mountain


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At once unsettling and emotionally riveting, Hawk Mountain vividly depicts the turbulence of coming of age and the violence of repressed attraction. It offers a compelling look at how love and hate can be intertwined until the last breath.

'Habib's debut novel is a bleak, dark adrenaline rush' Clive Barker

Thirty-three-year-old Todd is playing at the beach with his son, Anthony, when he catches sight of an approaching figure. Instantly, he recognizes Jack, his high school tormentor.

Todd hasn't seen Jack since school, and yet here he is - radiant, repentant, and overjoyed to have run into Todd. Jack suggests a meal to catch up. And could he spend the night? He's in an unfamiliar town after all.

Caught off guard by this chance interaction, Todd finds himself unable to escape Jack's charismatic and insistent presence in his life. But then Todd's past starts to catch up with him and Jack isn't going anywhere.

What follows is a fast-paced story of obsession and suspense as Jack pushes Todd to the brink...

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'Standouts include ... Conner Habib's Hawk Mountain, a paranoid and unsettling tale of masculinity in crisis.'
- Guardian, 'The best crime and thriller books of 2022'

'Conner Habib's Hawk Mountain was one of the most impressive debuts of the year. Set in New England, it explores the long-term consequences of bullying as Todd, now in his 30s, and the father of a young boy, encounters his high school nemesis, although the inevitable reckoning is as innovative as it is poignant.'
- Irish Times, 'The best crime fiction of 2022'

'Habib ramps the paranoia up to Highsmithian levels'
- Guardian

'Dripping with menace from the first page, this story of childhood enemies meeting up fifteen years later is utterly enthralling. Brilliantly written with homoerotic undertones, this savage tale is uncompromising in its reflection of teen friendships and isolation, and unflinching in its examination of the delicacy of the human body. There is gold among the gore. I found it compelling, shocking, and beautiful.'
- Liz Nugent

'Conner Habib writes with an hallucinatory precision, and a kind of merciless humanity, about the poisonous work of repression. His forebears-Poe, Highsmith, even classical tragedy-are clear, but his originality is clearer still. Hawk Mountain is a work of strange, glittering darkness.'
- Mark O'Connell


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