The Killing Circle

The Killing Circle

A Novel

Book - 2008/09/16
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Baker & Taylor
Joining a local writing circle in order to try his hand at fiction, journalist and single father Patrick Rush is disturbed when a woman from his neighborhood vanishes, only to turn up dead under sinister circumstances that could be linked to the writing club, but his investigation becomes a personal race against time when his own son disappears. 20,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

From acclaimed, internationally bestselling author Andrew Pyper, a suspenseful page-turner that explores the repercussions of the most dishonest of thefts: stealing another’s story and calling it your own.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, ?nds 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 ?gure known as the Sandman.
            At once a complex and compulsive read, The Killing Circle explores the side effects of an increasingly fame-mad culture, where even the staid realm of literature can fall prey to ravenous ambition and competition.

"Extraordinary . . . 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 (starred review)
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, author of Oblivion



Blackwell North Amer
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 writer, Angela, tells a mesmerizing story about a child stealer 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Joining a writing circle to try his hand at fiction, Patrick Rush is disturbed when a woman from his neighborhood turns up dead and could be linked to the writing club, but it becomes personal when his son disappears.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008/09/16
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312384760
0312384769
Branch Call Number: FICTION PYPER
Characteristics: 319 p

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rahmmie
Oct 07, 2016

This came up in my recommendations and I decided to give it a try since I like scary movies and books. Unfortunately, aside from enjoying the familiarity of a Canadian setting, I didn't find anything frightening in the plot at all

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meyoubou
Jun 08, 2013

Intriguing and a good read.

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VRMurphy
Nov 07, 2011

An intriguing read, a novel written for readers who love to lose themselves in story. Maybe not so much after this one, tho!

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HelloWorld77
Feb 13, 2011

It had a slow/cliched started, but ended with a 10/10 for terror.

I am so glad I finished reading it on a sunny afternoon.

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