The Killing Circle (Paperback)

By Andrew Pyper

Picador, 9780312429034, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/16/2008)

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October 2008 Indie Next List

“On a downward spiral after the loss of his wife, Patrick Rush decides to attend a Writer's Circle. It is there that he first hears the story of a 'terrible man who does terrible things.' When the author of the novel dies, Patrick decides to write and publish it as his own. That's when bizarre things begin to happen, friends die, and he begins to fear for his life.”
— Andra Tracy, Out Word Bound, Indianapolis, IN
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Patrick Rush is a single father, unhappy with his career, devoted to his young son but haunted by the loss of his wife, when he joins a local writing group. In the candlelit studio where the circle meets, he finds one writer's work far more powerful than the others--a young woman named Angela, who writes about a girl stalked by a killer named the Sandman. But Angela's stories may be more autobiography than tall tale: soon the members of the group are being hunted by a shadowy figure resembling the Sandman, and the line between fiction and real life beings to dissolve. When his own son is taken, Patrick is forced to chase down the Sandman for himself and to discover the ending to his own terrifying story.

About the Author

ANDREW PYPER is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories." "He lives in Toronto.

Praise For The Killing Circle

"If Pyper scripted our collective nightmares, we'd all be dreaming and screaming. . . . Gorgeously written and thoroughly unnerving."--The New York Times Book Review

"Darkly lyrical and atmospheric, it’s as haunting as it is gripping. Highly recommended."--Harlan Coben
"A terrific tale that is part ghost story and part magical realism . . . head and shoulders above most thrillers out there now."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Extraordinary . . . Powered by an ingeniously nonlinear narrative and suffused with a tone thick with dread."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Pyper is a true prose-master. . . . An uncozy, fright-filled thriller."--The Globe and Mail (Toron