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Head of Zeus
01 December 2021
Winner of the World Fantasy Award Tenth Anniversary Edition, with a new introduction and three extra stories.

It's a rainy day when the woman approaches Joe. He is a private detective and she is looking for someone, as these things often go. Her quarry is the obscure author of a series of pulp novels featuring one Osama bin Laden: Vigilante.

Joe's quest will take him across the world in search of the writer. And every step of the way - from the backwaters of Laos to Paris and London - he is plagued, by assailants he cannot name, by questions he cannot hope to answer and by ghostly entities he cannot seem to shake.

Joe knows how the story should end, but even he is not ready for the truths he will find in New York and atop a quiet hill above Kabul, nor for the choice he will have to make there...
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Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781800245129
ISBN 10:   1800245122
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Currently based in Laos, in South-East Asia, Lavie is an Israeli who has lived in places as exotic as Vanuatu, South Africa and Britain. As well as a clutch of highly regarded short stories and novellas, his website World SF has attracted much attention for focussing specifically on the SF and fantasy produced in non-English speaking countries of the world.

Reviews for Osama

'An awesome book, dark, twisty alt-universe terrorist noir' Lauren Beukes, bestselling author of Zoo City. 'Osama is an ingenious inversion of modern history: Osama bin Laden is the central character in a string of pulp novels allegedly written by one Mike Longschott. The terrorist crimes exist, in this novel, in a different realm ... Excellent, evocative and atmospheric' Christopher Priest, award-winning novelist and author of The Prestige. 'Bears comparison with the best of Philip K. Dick's paranoid alternate-history fantasies. It's beautifully written and undeniably powerful' Financial Times.


  • Winner of World Fantasy Award 2012
  • Winner of World Fantasy Award 2012 (United States)

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