FLIGHT OF THE HORNBILL
"Brilliantly capturing the lone-man-on-a-mission archetype that has been Dick Francis's forte for so many years, Stone puts to good use his knowledge of the horrifying treatment of women in a violently male-dominated society and turns out a heart-stopping ending. Not for the easily frightened."
Library Journal (starred review)
"Stone's fine third thriller to feature PI Ray Sharp...is particularly notable for its steamy Indonesian setting."
"[Flight of the Hornbill, Stone's] third outing (Grave Imports, 2007, etc.), written with panache and attention to evocative detail, recalls at its best the work of Ian Fleming."
"Much more than a mystery, Flight of the Hornbill is a study of the dysfunction of human relationships in a territory that is harshly unforgiving of weakness. Think Somerset Maugham dragged screaming into the zeitgeist and writing like Ross Thomas at the very top of his game."
Ken Bruen, author of Cross and Priest
"Eric Stone captures the full splendor and squalor of Asia's heart with this finely wrought, magnificent novel."
Cornelia Read, author of The Crazy School
"Eric Stone's Flight of the Hornbill brings forth the best of its genre but scarcely stops there. Reading it comes to feel like what it must be to walk alongside its wry and complicated hero, Ray Sharp, on a shimmery Indonesian night: as you turn the pages, you can feel the heat on the Jakarta air, taste the rice wine, sense the tug of a malaria fever dream. The riveting, twisty story keeps the pages turning, but we are rewarded time and again by the haunted characters who populate Stone's Indonesia: melancholy expats, canny and kind hustlers, and most of all Ray himself, world-wise but never world-weary, blurry with desire, stricken by doubts and ballasted by his own keen and expansive morality."
Megan Abbott, author of Edgar-winning Queenpin
"Thick with atmosphere, rich in characters and lightning-fast pacing. This is a terrific read."
Tim Maleeny, author of Beating the Babushka
"Rich in atmosphere, intrigue and eroticism, Flight of the Hornbill recalls the best of Graham Greene in its ability to transport us to cloying, sinister climes we can smell and taste... Stone knows of what he writes and his authority comes through on every page, giving this thriller not just a propulsive pace, but suffusing it with the weight of authenticity; of hard-earned and world-weary experience of the sorry depths of human wickedness in pursuit of wealth."
Craig McDonald, author of Edgar, Anthony and Gumshoe nominated Head Games
"Eric Stone's Flight of the Hornbill is a lot of fun. What distinguishes Stone's novel is the great sympathy his hero has for the street people he meets, and his large appetite for danger and romance. Read this book and you'll get hooked on Eric Stone's off beat series."
Robert Ward, author of Four Kinds of Rain
"There is never a dull moment in Eric Stone's novels...the setting is exotic, the story is exciting and the descriptions of the food and the people add a lot to this very interesting tale."
Patricia Reid, Bestsellersworld.com (read the full review here)
"What makes this all work so wonderfully is not just Stone's familiarity with the region. He takes a real scandal (the Bre-X gold fraud of 1997) and makes it his own. He takes Ray Sharp, a man all too aware of his frailties and flaws, and uses those flaws to bring the reader fully into Ray's world. While not always a pretty place, it is a place that Ray loves; we learn more about why he loves it in each book. Ray knows he makes lousy choices in women; he still chooses, and lives with those choices. Ray knows the culture he walks through is corrupt; he walks anyway, doing his best to make it a little better."
P.J. Coldren, Reviewing the Evidence