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The Killing Circle

A Novel

by Andrew Pyper

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The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2008
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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When Patrick Rush, journalist, single father, and failed novelist, decides to join a creative writing circle, it seems a fertile time for the imagination. Throughout Toronto, a murderer is striking at random, leaving his victims’ bodies mutilated and dismembered, and taunting the police with cryptic notes.

Influenced by the atmosphere of menace and fear, the group begins to read each other their own dark, unsettling tales. One, Angela, tells a mesmerizing story about a childstealer called the Sandman. Patrick, though, finds fantasy and reality becoming blurred. Is the maniac at large in fact the Sandman? What does Angela really know? And is he himself being stalked by the killer?

It is only when his son is snatched that Patrick understands what he must do: embark on a horrifying journey into the unknown and track down the elusive figure known as the Sandman.

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"Starred Review. Powered by an ingeniously nonlinear narrative and suffused with a tone thick with dread, this is easily Pyper's most ambitious-and absorbing-work to date.: - Publishers Weekly.

This will keep you up one night reading and another four checking the locks on the doors." - Booklist.

"The Killing Circle is one great read: darkly lyrical and atmospheric, it’s as haunting as it is gripping. Highly recommended." - Harlan Coben.

"Very smart, very scary, very good: once I started I couldn’t stop. Fans of dark and witty suspense will love The Killing Circle." - Peter Abrahams

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Andrew Pyper

Andrew Pyper is the author of the novels Lost Girls (which was a New York Times and Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year), and The Trade Mission: A Novel of Psychological Terror, as well as Kiss Me, a collection of stories. He lives in Toronto.

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