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"Pahigian has constructed a complex thriller, filled with engaging and eccentric characters."
-- Allen Adams, The Maine Edge


"The novel's short, action-packed chapters flip-flop between characters, making for a quick read. Just when the reader figures out one puzzle, another is presented."
-- Aislinn Sarnacki, The Bangor Daily News

"Pahigian has a sure hit."
--Bill Bushnell, The Kennebec Journal

" It's an impressive debut. This suspenseful thriller, imbued with local flavor (settings include Old Orchard Beach landmarks such as The Brunswick and Beach Bagels), is a page-turner with short, snappy chapters that often end in cliffhangers. It would make a great beach read, come to think of it."
--Deirdre Fulton, The Portland Phoenix


"Pahigian employs a few classic tricks, as well as some original red herrings. Most of the chapters are quite short, and work like a series of Dan Brown or Michael Crichton cliff-hangers, providing quick-paced reading and cinematic qualities."
--Tim Gillis, Portland Daily Sun

Publishers Weekly has selected Strangers on the Beach as one of its Indie Sleepers Titles to Watch for Fall 2012. --Publishers Weekly

The story goes deeper as people struggle to make sense of the madness that Sevigny has seemingly brought to Old Orchard Beach. Residents of the town find themselves entangled in the web of conspiracy surrounding the mysterious Australian. There are forces at work that none of them truly comprehend, with people finding themselves serving as pawns in a game that is far vaster and far more inscrutable than any of them could possibly know. Pahigian has constructed a complex thriller, filled with engaging and eccentric characters. The story unfolds gradually, but it never feels slow-moving. His Old Orchard Beach is populated by fully-realized characters, people whose motivations never feel anything but honest. As we watch these people being enveloped by circumstances whose ramifications they don t fully understand, Pahigian pulls us along with them, slowly building to a climax that is unexpected in the moment, yet seems almost inevitable after the fact. --The Maine Edge

About the Author

Josh Pahigian was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of a high school biology teacher and a long-time elementary school secretary. He moved as youngster to Charlton where he won his first writing contest as a second grader. Pahigian earned a BA in English from The College of the Holy Cross in 1996. While at Holy Cross, a love of sports and writing led him to part-time work at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. After a short break to work, Pahigian headed to grad school, enrolling at Boston's Emerson College where he earned an M.F.A in Creating Writing in 2001. After graduation, he remained at Emerson working in the development office. It was there that he and Kevin O'Connell conceived of the idea that became The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip (The Lyons Press, 2004). A looming baseball strike in 2002 threatened to derail the book, but when the strike was averted, he immediately headed out to visit half of the nation's major league parks. The following spring, he visited the rest. "We were ecstatic to have a first book contract and for two guys just out of college, traveling to ballparks on the publisher's dime, it kind of felt we were living the dream." That first book also led to six additional baseball-related books for Pahigian. Meanwhile, he kept his hand in fiction by writing short stories, many published in national and international literary journals. Pahigian, who has Armenian roots, wrote some stories based on the experiences of a great uncle who, as a child, had fled with his family from Armenia to Russia to escape the Armenian Genocide during the final days of the Ottoman Empire. He also started and abandoned several novels, but his lifestyle and experiences were planting the seeds for success. Just before starting his first book, Pahigian had moved to Maine. To help pay the bills, he worked a part-time job at the Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department, which helped him get to know that famed beach town. Then one summer he and his wife, Heather, both educators, spend more than 40 days on Old Orchard Beach. During that long summer, Pahigian developed an even better feel for the rhythms of the area and gained an understanding of the local beach scene, all helping him develop the confidence necessary to write a book. Finally, during a brief vacation in Camden, inspiration struck and he wrote the opening scene and developed the central ideas that would become his debut novel, Strangers on the Beach.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Islandport Press; First edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934031836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934031834
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Josh is the author of several baseball books, including "The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip," which he co-authored with his friend Kevin O'Connell, and "101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out," which was a finalist for the 2008 Casey Award, presented annually to the best new baseball book.

Josh's latest book is a revised and updated edition of "101 Baseball Places," which was released in March 2015. The book includes 25 brand new chapters, new photos, updated visiting information, and a complete re-ranking of the nation's best baseball attractions.

Josh is also the author of the Old Orchard Beach mystery novel "Strangers on the Beach," a 2012 Indie Sleeper Pick by Publishers Weekly, and Best Books of 2012 selection by the Maine Edge.

In addition to writing, Josh serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England, and writing mentor in the Western Connecticut State University low-residency MFA program in Creative and Professional Writing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By afullerton91 on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Strangers on the Beach is one of those rare novels that perfectly blends fact with fiction, weaving a dark mystery on top of the small beach town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Those familiar with Southern Maine will appreciate the references to local landmarks while all readers will be engrossed by the lively characters that keep the pages turning and the reader guessing as the mystery unfolds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Larsen on November 1, 2012
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When one thinks of Maine, lobster, vacation and L.L. Bean come to mind; certainly not a full-fleged thriller about a very popular tourist destination that garners your attention from the first page and keeps you in its grip until the last sentence.

Josh Pahigian has made the transition from Major League baseball authority to mystery novelist, seamlessly.

Character development is spot on - you truly can relate to some of the locals he portrays.

And if you are at all familiar with Old Orchard Beach - his prose puts you spot in the middle of the action.

As for being a page turner - I have seen many tomes touted as such; none I have read had the effect that Strangers on the Beach did for me.

I trust that this talented author will not keep us waiting too long for his next entry into the world of suspense, debauchery, murder and mystery.

Buy this book - it is an excellent read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By discerning1 on October 19, 2012
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If you're looking for a great fictional novel pick this one up immediately! This is Pahigian's first venture into the suspense mystery genre. If you've read his baseball books they're great, informational, and humorous but he has really hit a "Grand Slam" with this one, right out of the ballpark!

I've read them all, Brown, Baldacci, Grisham, Follett, Connelly, etc... "this guy is good" I couldn't put it down! If you know Old Orchard Beach all the better, if you don't you will by the time you finish this novel. Well developed characters and storyline that will keep you engaged from beginning to end.

This bright young writer may be "the new kid on the fictional block" but we will certainly be hearing much more about Josh Pahigian in the future. If you're smart and want a treat pick this one up, it's a great read! On second thought, pick up a few as gifts for your friends, they will surely thank you for it.

Hopefully Mr. Pahigian will treat us with another novel before too long, he is a talent to keep your eye on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By XavierSauce on October 31, 2012
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Just finished Strangers On The Beach and I loved it! I really enjoyed Pahigian's baseball guides so I decided to pick up his first pass at fiction. You'd think it was out of his comfort zone, but he nailed it. He is a great storyteller. This was a real page turner. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KC on November 19, 2012
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I loved reading this book. It was a page turner for sure, and made you wonder where the story was going to take you!!! I loved that the book was based in a familiar Maine town....made it seem more "realistic!!"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mainestreet on November 1, 2012
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The title Strangers on the beach captured me as I live near the beach. Bought 2 one as a gift. Started reading it and I just couldn't put it down forgetting all the work I needed to get done. Excellent read and very suspenseful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theresa lindsey on November 11, 2012
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Strangers on the Beach

First novels that hit all the high points are a rare find. Mr. Pahigian has hit them all. Reading "Strangers on the Beach" was an absolute joy. It had everything I look for in a novel of this genre. The characters were very well developed, as was the locale, all without being too wordy. That's a skill in and of itself. The "who dun it" factor is there. It kept me guessing throughout. Pahigian has written a mystery that outshines the Grishams and the rest of his class. Move over boys and girls!

I really enjoyed this book. All I can say is, "I want more". I hope Mr. Pahigian is working on his next book. This one should establish a strong fan base. This reader will be looking out for the next novel. I'm hooked on Mr. Pahigian's writing. He gives you more than you ever get from a Patterson novel, and I read Patterson, so I know. This is a quality writer.

I'm loathe to reveal anything about the storyline itself. I'd hate to slip and give anything away. I guess you'll just have to buy the book and see for yourself. I promise you, it won't disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steam_pilot on January 5, 2013
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The author paints a great picture of a charming seaside town, and then laces it with murder, fear, and deception. These three attributes work together to keep the reader guessing throughout the whole novel, making it almost impossible to know which characters are trustworthy (which is wonderful, because predictability in books is terrible.) I loved that the characters continued to develop and change as the mystery within the novel bent and twisted, taking you on a ride of intrigue.

In short, this is a great mystery that any reader will have a hard time putting down. For those who are local, read it and enjoy all your favorite landmarks being used in a sinister plot. For those from away, read it and enjoy a lovely little town fall in to chaos.

All in all, grab this book, head to a beach, and meet some strangers.
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