Eric Rickstad is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the mystery novel THE SILENT GIRLS, the #1 Nook and #1 Kindle novel heralded as intelligent and profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. His first novel REAP was a New York Times Noteworthy Novel. His next novel LIE IN WAIT will be published July 28, 2015 by Harper Collins. He lives in his home state of Vermont with his lovely wife and daughter, and is represented by Philip Spitzer of the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency.
LIE IN WAIT
Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.
In the remote, pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens.
So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl’s murder and the divisive case must be linked.
However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades, and learns that behind the town’s idyllic façade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.
THE SILENT GIRLS
New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
A #1 Nook #1 Kindle and #1 Kobo ebook
A terrifying meditation on good and evil.
—Roger Smith, author of Wake Up Dead
Dark and disturbing. Intelligent and profound.
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award Winning author of TRUTH BE TOLD
A bone-chilling mystery.
—Paul Doiron, Edgar-nominated author of THE POACHER’S SON
A deep, dark, intense mystery.
—Classic Book Reader
Vermont’s TRUE DETECTIVE. Compulsively readable. A stunner!
—Steve Ulfelder Edgar finalist author of PURGATORY CHASM
A dark, page-turning, unsettling, up-all-night story.
—Tyler Mcmahon, author of KILOMETER 99
A thrilling ride to very dark places.
—Jake Hinkson, author of The Big Ugly
A New York Times Noteworthy Novel
A hard-edged and violent story tempered by a fine lyric sensibility. A masterwork of literary crime fiction.
A bloody beauty. Illuminates worlds of darkness. A dramatic reminder of the mystery and majesty of the wild places that exist in both man and nature.
—SUNDAY CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Remarkable. Intoxicating. Arresting. Poetic.
—THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW
Bucolic and eerie. Twists inexorably in unpredictable, dangerous directions. A progressively more harrowing, absorbing tale.
Praise for REAP
“Dangerous. Perilous. A complex portrait of a group of people whose interlocking fates snap into place with gruesome repercussions and of a boy who stumbles unwittingly into adulthood like a bird dog into a wolf trap.”
—The Los Angeles Times
“Most remarkable is the evocation of the territory, the gothic tangle of native forest and exotic cash crop that mirrors the characters’ claustrophobic inner landscapes [and] the grimly poetic images scattered throughout, like flashes of submerged lives never quite reeled in.”
—New York Times Book Review
“A sharp eye for description and an uncanny — no, make that uncanny — ability to infuse his characters with the breath of life. Rickstad is an incredible and frightening talent who hopefully has many, many more tales to tell.”
“Renders dark, often violent characters with such elegance that we will embrace them long after they’ve opted for the choice that is clearly wrong.”
“Colorful, marginal, and often violent characters [and] the undertone of violence, desperation, and drug dealing as a way of life underscores the fact that the country joins the inner city in becoming a modern American wasteland.”
“Harrowing. Absorbing. Unpredictable. Dangerous. Twists inexorably in unpredictable, dangerous directions. A progressively more harrowing, absorbing tale.”
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