The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy ISBN:9780330457422

Passenger by Cormac McCarthy

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'[McCarthy] writes prose as clean as a bullet cutting through the air and constructs tales as compelling as any you will read' – Telegraph

1980, PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wetsuit and plunges from the boat deck into darkness. His divelight illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot's flightbag, the plane's black box, and the tenth passenger. But how? A collateral witness to machinations that can only bring him harm, Western is shadowed in body and spirit – by men with badges; by the ghost of his father, inventor of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.

Traversing the American South, from the garrulous bar rooms of New Orleans to an abandoned oil rig off the Florida coast, The Passenger is a breathtaking novel of morality and science, the legacy of sin, and the madness that is human consciousness.

Look for Stella Maris, the second volume in The Passenger series, on sale November 29th, 2022.

Cormac McCarthy’s first novel in more than a decade.

About the Author: The novels of the American writer, Cormac McCarthy, have received a number of literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His works adapted to film include All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men – the latter film receiving four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Picture.


Additional information


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Date of Publication

25 Oct 2022

The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy ISBN 9780330457422

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