The Last Thing He Wanted

The Last Thing He Wanted

by Joan Didion


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The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion

In her first novel in twelve years, the legendary author of Play It As It Lays and Slouching Toward Bethlehem trains her eye on the far frontiers of the Monroe Doctrine, where history dissolves into conspiracy (Dallas in 1963, Iran Contra in 1984), and fashions a moral thriller as hypnotic and provacative as any by Joseph Conrad or Graham Greene.

In that latter year Elena McMahon walks off the presidential campaign she has been covering for a major newspaper to do a favor for her father. Elena's father does deals. And it is while acting as his agent in one such deal—a deal that shortly goes spectacularly wrong—that she finds herself on an island where tourism has been superseded by arms dealing, covert action, and assassination. The Last Thing He Wanted is a tour de force—persuasive in its detail, dazzling in its ambiguities, enchanting in its style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679752851
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 227
Sales rank: 1,217,299
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)

About the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1934

Place of Birth:

Sacramento, California


B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1956

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