So Cold the River

By Michael Koryta
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316053631, 528pp.)

Publication Date: June 26, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2010 Indie Next List
“Eric Shaw, once a promising filmmaker in Hollywood, has been reduced to filming weddings and funerals in Chicago. Offered a chance to make a documentary portrait of an ailing self-made millionaire, Eric finds himself in West Baden, Indiana, where abilities he has never been fully cognizant of draw him into an evil so powerful it reaches out to him from beyond the grave. Koryta's prose is fluid and masterful, making this a delightfully eerie and mesmerizing read!”
-- Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


Description

It started with a beautiful woman and a challenge. As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man's past--just the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.

In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history--a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once mingled, and hot springs whose miraculous mineral water cured everything from insomnia to malaria. Neglected for years, the resort has been restored to its former grandeur just in time for Eric's stay.

Just hours after his arrival, Eric experiences a frighteningly vivid vision. As the days pass, the frequency and intensity of his hallucinations increase and draw Eric deeper into the town's dark history. He discovers that something besides the hotel has been restored--a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory. Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, So Cold the River is a tale of irresistible suspense with a racing, unstoppable current.




About the Author

Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, most recently THE PROPHET. His last three novels, THE RIDGE, THE CYPRESS HOUSE, and SO COLD THE RIVER were all New York Times notable books and nominated for several national and international awards. In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, his novel ENVY THE NIGHT was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. Koryta's work has been translated into more than twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.




NPR
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010

When Michael Koryta was 8 years old, his father took him to visit the ruins of an American hotel that was once referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Eighteen years later, he's written So Cold the River, a supernatural thriller about the historic hotel and the mysterious waters that run beneath it. More at NPR.org

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