The Dark House (Paperback)
Harper Perennial, 9780060934644, 432pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2001
Meet Edward Rollins, scion of one of Boston's more notable families. A diligent but uninspired employee at one of the city's finest investment houses, he is a man of means -- and of secrets. Each night, armed with a hand-held tape recorder, he randomly picks a car and follows it to a destination, cataloging the habits and peculiarities of its driver. A harmless obsession.
But one night changes everything. Trailing a car to a remote suburb, Rollins follows it to a house that, he eerily realizes, was once frequented by his murdered cousin. Drawn into a mystery to which he unwittingly holds the key, he must unlock the secrets of his past to find the truth -- a search that could free him from his own dark house of despair.
A harrowing, tension-riddled literary thriller that echoes the storytelling power of Frederick Busch and Ian McEwan, The Dark House heralds the arrival of a major talent.
Praise For The Dark House…
“An inventive and original first novel.”
-New York Times Book Review
“THE DARK HOUSE is a compelling story, wonderfully told. John Sedgwick is the real thing.”
-Robert B. Parker, author of FAMILY HONOR and HUSH MONEY
“An ambitious thriller [that] methodically peels back New England’s upper crust.”
“Don’t read this book alone at night.”
“A wild ride through the dark side of Yankee families and their sexual secrets.... The quintessential Bostonian suspense novel.”
“Fredrick Busch meets Blow-up in a nerve-shredding debut.”
“Unique and absorbing ... A spellbinding story of obsession, greed and redemption.”
-Barnes and Noble, Discover Great New Writers, Summer 2000
“New and unexpected…marks Sedgwick as a writer to watch.”
-New Orleans Times–Picayune