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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-09
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Short story writer Nikitas fills his engaging, atmospheric first novel, set in upstate New York, with Swedish mythology and American carnage. The murder of a local professor sets off a violent chain of events that tears apart a family and the community.

Author Biography

Derek Nikitas has published stories in The Ontario Review, Chelsea, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The Pedestal Magazine. Pyres is his first novel.

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"Nikitas' stellar first novel isn't just one of the best genre debuts of the year, it's one of the best releases -- period."  --The Chicago Tribune

"Part whodunnit, part horror story, with a pinch of the supernatural, Nikitas's debut novel is not your average mystery... This is a genre-stretching narrative where the bad guys are human, the good guys are flawed, and rescue arrives late if at all. It is also literary, gripping, and very real; Nikitas captures the voices of his three female protagonists with compelling accuracy." --Library Journal

"A harrowing debut novel in which a girl who witnesses the brutal murder of her father learns the worst is yet to come... The prose is admirable, the mood pure Ingmar Bergman. Proceed with caution." --Kirkus Reviews

"A heartbreaking coming-of-age story and a gripping pyschological thriller." --Booklist 

"A stylish, assured voice that depicts his characters in every harsh, flattering, beautiful light and shows how a single, seemingly random event has the effect of converging the lives of disparate and damaged people." -- Sarah Weinman

"A fever dream and a waking nightmare--a hypnotic, sophisticated descent into hell. Nikitas is the heir apparent to Joyce Carol Oates." -- Marcus Sakey, THE BLADE ITSELF

"Derek owes me a night's sleep...Loved it! That opening chapter shocked me rigid.... Are you sure this is a debut? The writing is to roar for and loud and triumphant. Just a marvelous, wonderful book!" --Ken Bruen

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