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Pyper Andrew

Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from McGill University, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto. Although called to the bar in 1996, he has never practiced.

His novel The Demonologist won the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and was a #1 bestseller in Canada.  Film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures with Robert Zemeckis’ company, ImageMovers, producing.

His newest novel, The Damned, was published in Canada and the US by Simon & Schuster in February 2015, and by Orion in the UK in March 2015. Film rights have been sold to Legendary Pictures, the production company behind Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night, and Godzilla, and more recently Interstellar.

The Guardians, Andrew’s fifth novel, was published in Canada (Doubleday Canada) in January 2011, the U.K. (Orion) in February 2011, and following this internationally in various territories.  It was selected a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year.

The Killing Circle, Andrew’s fourth novel, was a national  bestseller in Canada, and has been published in the U.K. (HarperCollins) and U.S. (St. Martin’s/Minotaur).  Translation rights have been sold in Holland, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Japan.

Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, was published to acclaim in 1996. Following its publication, Mr. Pyper acted as Writer-in-Residence at Berton House, Dawson City, Yukon, as well as at Champlain College, Trent University.

His first novel, Lost Girls, was a national bestseller in Canada and a Globe and Mail Notable Book selection in 1999 as well as a Notable Book selection in the New York Times Book Review (2000) and the London Evening Standard (2000). The novel won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and is an Otto Penzler pick on Lost Girls has been published in the U.S. (Delacorte Press) and U.K. (Macmillan) in 2000, and has also been translated into Italian, Dutch, German and Japanese. Andrew’s second novel, The Trade Mission, was published in Canada, the U.K., U.S., the Netherlands and Germany. It was selected by The Toronto Star as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year. Andrew’s third novel, The Wildfire Season, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and has been published to acclaim in the U.K., Canada, U.S. and Holland.

Andrew’s creative writing teaching experience includes terms at Trent University, the University of Toronto, and, currently, Colorado College. Last year he won the Grant Allen Award for contributions to Canadian crime and mystery literature.  He lives in Toronto.

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Andrew’s Books:

The Only Child

Simon and Schuster, Canada, June 2017


The Damned

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Simon & Schuster, North America, February 2015

Orion, UK, March 2015

Film: Legendary Pictures

Eksmo, Russia

Fanucci, Italy


An Amazon 10 Best of the Month Pick (February 2015)

The Demonologist

Pyper_The Demonologist

Orion, UK, April 2013

Simon & Schuster, North America, March 2013

Klidarithmos, Greece

Ambo Anthos, Holland

BARD, Bulgaria

Beijing Time Chinese Publishing, China

Zysk, Poland

Dogan, Turkey

Locus Publishing, Taiwan

Planeta, Spain

Eksmo, Russia

Fanucci, Italy

the Darkside, Brazil

Shinchosha, Japan

Ikar, Slovakia

Jota, Czech Republic

L’Archipel, France

Film: Universal Pictures, to be produced by Robert Zemeckis’ company ImageMovers


One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Mysteries & Thrillers of Spring 2013

An Indie Next Pick for March 2013 by the American Booksellers Association

Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

Amazon Top Ten Best of the Month Pick

Thriller of the Week, Mail on Sunday (UK)

One of’s Best Books of 2013

A Globe & Mail Best Book of 2013

Nominated for the 2014 Libris Award for Author of the Year

Shortlisted for the 2014 Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year

WINNER of the ITW 2014 Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel

Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel

Shortlisted for the Sunburst Award

The Guardians

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Doubleday Canada, Spring 2011

Orion, UK, Spring 2011

Ambo/Anthos, The Netherlands

Piemme, Italy


A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2011

A Best Book of the Year in the Dutch national newspaper NRC Handlesblad

The Killing Circle

Chairs arranged in a circle --- Image by © Image Source/Corbis

Doubleday, Canada, August 2008

HarperCollins Publishers, UK,  August 2008

Thomas Dunne Books, US, September 2008

Ambo-Anthos, The Netherlands

Goldmann, Germany

Editions L’Archipel, France

Piemme, Italy

Maeva, Spain

Editorial Presenca, Portugal

Shinchosha, Japan

Jota, Czech Republic

FILM: Cowboy Films

National Bestseller

Shortlisted for the 2009 Evergreen Award

Shortlisted for the RUSA 2009 Reading List award

New York Times Notable Crime Fiction of 2008

The Wildfire Season
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HarperCollins Publishers, Canada, Fall 2005

HarperCollins Publishers, UK, Spring 2005

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, US, November 2006

Ambo-Anthos, The Netherlands, Fall 2005


A Globe and Mail Best Book (2005)

A Vancouver Sun Best Book (2005)

A Calgary Herald Best Book (2005)

The Trade Mission

Pyper_Trade Mission

HarperCollins Canada, 2002

Scribner, US

Macmillan Publishers, UK

Econ Ullstein List, Germany

Ambo-Anthos, The Netherlands

Toronto Star 10 Best Books of the Year

Lost Girls

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HarperCollins Canada, 1999

Bantam/Doubleday, US

MacMillan, UK

Garzanti Libri, Italy

Ambo-Anthos, The Netherlands

Hayakawa Shobo, Japan

Econ Ullstein List, Germany

A Globe and Mail Notable Book selection, 1999

New York Times Book Review Notable Book, 2000

 A London Evening Standard  Notable Book, 2000

 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

Otto Penzler pick on