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By Andrew Pyper

“If Andrew Pyper scripted our collective nightmares, we’d all be dreaming and screaming like the narrator of his gorgeously written and thoroughly unnerving suspense thriller.”
The New York Times

“The Killing Circle is one great read: darkly lyrical and atmospheric, it’s as haunting as it is gripping. Highly recommended.”
-Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hold Tight


Chairs arranged in a circle --- Image by © Image Source/CorbisWith The Killing Circle, the bestselling author of Lost Girls and The Wildfire Season Andrew Pyper brings us his fourth and most gripping novel yet—a literary thriller that explores what can follow from that most dishonest theft: stealing another’s story and calling it one’s own. An at once complex and compulsive read, The Killing Circle echoes the psychological studies of Patricia Highsmith, the intimate “ensemble cast” of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, the shifting realities of John Fowles, and the paranoid, identity-game of Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Employing a satirical voice to tell a story of mystery and increasingly real horror, The Killing Circle explores the emerging side effects of our increasingly fame-mad culture, where even the staid realm of literature has been twisted by ravenous ambition and competition.

“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, author of Oblivion and End of Story

“Pyper has the chops to take his murder mystery beyond the level of the mere whodunit and into ‘great Canadian novel’ territory.”
SEE Magazine

“…extraordinary thriller… 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

“[Pyper] is a true prose-master…A generous topping of caustic humour  and sharp-witted observations…an uncozy, fright-filled thriller.”
The Globe and Mail

“The villain leaps off the page…Pyper does an impressive job building suspense, offering enough narrative twists and turns to keep the reader nicely off balance. Basing the experience of the novel in Rush’s first-person perspective, he is able to capture not only the depths of the haunting and gradually mounting terror, but also the more routine aspects of the character’s life…A strong and compelling read.”
The Vancouver Sun

“Spookily terrific…Great suspense and a great story. And also gives pause to reflect on the nature of evil.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“Few are better at conveying an omnipresent sense of dread and horror bubbling just beneath life’s seemingly mundane routines.The Killing Circle will keep you up one night reading and another four checking the locks on the doors.”

“…a deliciously vicious summer thriller…”
Toronto Life

“The Killing Circle is transfixing in its handling of suspense, and thought provoking in its reflections on the seductive art of manufacturing fortune. Pyper delivers a dark, compelling read that occasionally–and refreshingly–steps outside itself and invites readers to think about the nature of fear and obsession.”
The Walrus

“Sharp and witty. . .An intriguing, plot-based narrative about the inability of traditional heroism and decency to effect change in a world stripped of its moral and cultural signposts.”
Quill & Quire

“Pyper — fast becoming Canada’s gentlemanly answer to Chuck Palahniuk — is quite capable of tweaking masterful plots and original turns out of genre chestnuts.”
Eye Weekly

“A thumping good read, a real creep-fest.”
Ottawa Citizen

“The Killing Circle is the best of a quartet of outstanding mystery-thriller novels by Andrew Pyper. A riveting prologue, impossible to put down, quickens the beat and leaves you with a twist in the pit of your gut. The twist weaves you through the story of fear, panic and resignation and it drives you onward, page by page, to the conclusion…The Killing Circle is a complex, atmospheric work that twists and turns to an unsettling conclusion. It’s a challenging and compulsive read that clearly demonstrates Andrew Pyper as a unique storyteller on the Canadian scene.”
Hamilton Spectator

“Rising star [Pyper] doesn’t disappoint in [this] fast-paced, funny thriller. A terrific ride of a mystery…the story hurtles along. Pyper is so good at dropping clues. The thing is, he’s also good at introducing so many twists that you’d swear his plot was inspired by a bowl of rotini.”
Edmonton Journal

“Healthy dollops of plagiarism, rumination on the costly nature of success and action-packed…final pages and Patrick learns a sobering lesson about art versus reality: ‘The Sandman had plans of its own. All it needed me for was to set it free.'”
The Los Angeles Times

“It’s not for nothing that Pyper has been hailed as ‘leading the way among the bright young things of new Canadian writing.'”
The Gazette (Montreal)

“As he proved before, Andrew Pyper is more than adept at delivering atmosphere while balancing different story strands and The Killing Circle finds him raising his game even further.”
Dublin Evening Herald

“Although this thriller is a slow-burner to begin with, it soon takes light and is almost unputdownable. A sinister cast of characters, including a shadowy and ghost-like killer, make this a creepy read. It was no surprise to read that it was in development for a feature film.”
South Wales Argus

“Canada’s genre fiction giant”
Victoria News

“Andrew Pyper explores how far a wannabe writer will go in pursuit of success in his book The Killing Circle”
– Words at Large, CBC Radio

“A literary writer not afraid of also weaving a plot, Pyper deserves both the readership numbers of Richard Price­ and the accolades that generally go to the broccoli (i.e. supposedly good-for-you) fiction titles.”
Eye Weekly

“Pyper spins a terrific tale that is part ghost story and part magical realism. Creepiness aside, ‘The Killing Circle’ is one book that is head and shoulders above most thrillers out there now.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“One of the top two or three mysterious of 2008.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer


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

A New York Times Notable Crime Fiction title of 2008

Shortlisted for the 2009 Evergreen Award

Shortlisted for the RUSA 2009 Reading List award

New York Times Notable Crime Fiction of 2008

Other Books by Andrew Pyper