A gripping new thriller that unpacks the horrors of exploitation in the garment industry, blending the nailbiting courtroom drama of John Grisham with the emotional heart of Khaled Hosseini.
'Poignant and engrossing ... Corban Addison will hold you spellbound with his elegant prose from his first word to his last' Wilbur Smith
In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping image-a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-storey fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America's largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation. When the photo goes viral, it fans the flames of a decades old controversy about sweatshops, labour rights, and the ethics of globalization.
A year later, in Washington, D.C., Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist for the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower promising information about Presto. He offers Griswold confidential information about Presto's apparel supply chain.
For Griswold, the challenge of exposing Presto's wilful negligence is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win - both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution of conscience in Presto's boardroom that could change the course of the fashion industry across the globe.
Poignant and engrossing ... Corban Addison will hold you spellbound with his elegant prose from his first word to his last - Wilbur Smith
A must-read book that uncovers what lies behind what we wear every single day. You will never be able to look at your clothes the same way again - Livia Firth
A rare find . . . his novels embrace the full sweep of human experience - John Hart
Since my first novel was released over 20 years ago, I have been presented with many opportunities to endorse the works of other authors. I have always declined, until now. Corban Addison has written a novel that is beautiful in its story and also important in its message - John Grisham
A fast-paced thriller that puts its humanitarian moral at the forefront - Kirkus Reviews (on The Tears of Dark Water)
A compelling novel with a conscience and a heart, gripping in its drama and unique in its insights into a hidden and dangerous world - Richard North
A timely and harrowing thriller ... Fortunately, the soul-healing power of music lightens the story - Publishers Weekly
Corban Addison holds degrees in law and engineering. After completing a federal clerkship, Addison began his career specializing in corporate law and litigation. He has an abiding interest in international human rights, and is a supporter of numerous causes, including the abolition of modern slavery. He lives with his wife and two children in Virginia. He is the author of A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand and The Tears of Dark Water.