“The latest novel from Canadian author Pyper is an ambitious excursion into Stephen King territory. . . . With a well-executed narrative, both past . . . and present, strong characterization and some truly arresting images, The Guardians
is a compelling and genuinely creepy read.”
— The Guardian
"Everything you could ask for in a thriller. It's psychologically unnerving, moves like a bullet, and is fraught with so much tension you might crack a tooth reading it. Outstanding in every way."
– Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River
"Pyper reveals his skill with pacing as the story takes on the speed of midnight dash through a graveyard. And please note: This is not schlock horror dripping with gore. Pyper expertly creates terror through mood and setting. We hear what keeps going bump in the night, but never quite see it." — The Globe and Mail
"A splendidly eerie haunted house story, and a superb evocation of small town life. The Guardians
gripped me from its opening line and never let go."
– John Connolly, author of Every Dead Thing
and The Lovers
“A perfect haunted-house story, a crisp, eerie October night of a book that had me in its clutches from page one."
– Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
“So much more than a thriller. Truly great writing, haunting, intelligent, human, terrifying. Pyper is a genius.”
– Deon Meyer, author of Thirteen Hours
"A master of psychological suspense at its spine-tingling best, Andrew Pyper knows just how to lure you in to all the deep, dark places of the human heart, and then, twist."
– Lisa Gardner, author of The Neighbor
“A dark, brooding, compelling story about the loss of innocence and the ubiquity of evil, with a finalé as bittersweet as your fiftieth birthday party.”
— The Times
"Beautifully written...The characters are drawn with extraordinary skill." — de Volkskrant
"Pyper is the most striking Canadian crime writer to emerge in recent years and The Guardians
is a characteristically intelligent move into Stephen King territory."— Mail on Sunday
(UK)From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
ANDREW PYPER is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories, Kiss Me
, which drew critical acclaim and heralded him as a writer to watch. His first novel, Lost Girls
, was a national bestseller in Canada and a Notable Book selection in the New York Times Book Review
and the London Evening Standard
. The novel won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. His chilling follow-up novel set in the Amazon, The Trade Mission
, was called "remarkable and compelling" by The London Times
. His third novel, The Wildfire Season
, was a national bestseller and acclaimed in Canada, the U.S. and Britain. His latest novel, The Killing Circle
, a national bestseller and New York Times
Notable book, was published in Fall 2008. The Guardians
, as well as three of his previous novels, is being developed for feature film.From the Hardcover edition.