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The Cypress House by [Koryta, Michael]
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After making his name with five strong crime novels, Koryta started adding chills to the thrills in the horror-tinged So Cold the River (2010). In this one, battle-hardened WWI veteran Arlen Wagner can foretell others’ deaths. With the Great Depression crippling the country, he works in the Civilian Conservation Corps and keeps his demons at bay with hard work and a flask full of whiskey. He and young friend Paul Brickhill are traveling by train to a new CCC camp in the Florida Keys when Arlen’s supernatural sense tells him they have to get off the train if they want to stay alive. They find themselves at Cypress House, a strangely empty fishing resort on the Gulf Coast run by beautiful but taciturn Rebecca Cady—and right in the middle of a vipers’ nest of small-town corruption and misery. Koryta is superb with mood and setting, and, if a bit too much of the plot is revealed in stories the characters tell to each other, the simmering tension erupts into a rolling boil by the bloody, spooky, and satisfying ending. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Koryta’s stock has only risen since his Edgar-nominated first novel. His first crossover supernatural thriller evoked comparisons to Stephen King and Peter Straub; a big promotional push this time will extend that momentum still further. --Keir Graff


What makes the novel so gripping, apart from Koryta's scalpel-sharp prose and eye for detail, is the characterisation of Wagner, a laconic drifter haunted by the past. Recommended. Guardian The tension is cranked up expertly by Koryta, who creates the perfect atmosphere. And like his hero, he possesses an unusual gift - the ability to write a sure-fire bestseller. News of the World Koryta builds tension deftly and discreetly... Koryta gives us an intricate and satisfying thriller with a very human heart to its evil. He evokes post-Prohibition America, the grind and the grit and the poverty, with great skill. Koryta is better known in the US, where he's won a handful of prizes, but he deserves to make a name for himself here too. Observer A striking scare story... a tale of swampland corruption and brutality mixed with a dose of the paranormal that makes it no surprise that Dean Koontz is one of Koryta's admirers... Never less than gripping and with the element of the supernatural blending strangely seamlessly with the murderous reality, Koryta has crafted a noir novel that simultaneously echoes of the 1948 film Key Largo, starring Humphry Bogart, and the Eagles' Hotel California. The Times Michael Koryta is one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction. He stands out from the crowd by virtue of an easy elegance in his prose style, a consuming interest in America's turbulent history and a knack for successfully incorporating elements of the supernatural into his stories. This novel may be his best yet ... [a] wonderfully gripping slice of prime Americana Mail on Sunday Koryta's story positively breathes a sense of dread. You want to turn your head away but, of course, you can't. It's too good. Daily Mail Koryta knows how to build tension and create a febrile atmosphere, and his story has a plausible setting. The result is a highly coloured novel with expertly managed paranormal trimmings. Koryta is a writer to watch. Andrew Taylor in the Spectator A supernatural mystery that intensifies the suspense by thickening the atmosphere ... Koryta sets a beautiful scene New York Times Book Review on SO COLD THE RIVER Koryta demonstrated his skill at intense action. However counterintuitive, he makes this curious mix of supernatural pre-science and gothic-noir work with a seamless atmospheric certainty. Houston Chronicle Scary good ... a gripping noir thriller-ghost story. St. Petersburg Times An enthralling novel that easily melds mystery fiction, the supernatural and just a touch of the old-fashioned western and historical novels without losing the conventions of each genre...Koryta continues to display masterful storytelling in each novel. Miami Herald Koryta is incredibly adept and assured as a writer, and wonderfully evokes the swampy, sweltering claustrophobia of the deeply corrupt Depression era Corridor County. The Cypress House is a great read and firmly establishes Koryta as one of my 'must read' authors. Crime and Publishing blog A wonderfully evocative novel. The narrative is sumptuous and atmospheric, just what I've come to expect from Michael Koryta... The Cypress House is by no means your average thriller. Koryta blends the supernatural with a dark psychological narrative, taut until its captivating conclusion. Few authors can command an audience like Koryta and yet again he delivers a magnificent yet exhausting novel educing the harsh realities of post-prohibition America - a must-read for sure. milorambles blog Michael Koryta's rich storytelling skills in The Cypress House demonstrate writing at its very best. Following the huge success of So Cold The River, with such a spellbindingly brilliant - yet entirely different - novel, shows Koryta is here to stay... a tour de force that is destined to take a high place of honour in the pantheon of great, supernatural thrillers. chrishigh blog THE CYPRESS HOUSE is a dazzling blend of suspense, the supernatural, and superb storytelling. What a gifted writer. Michael Koryta is the real deal. Ron Rash, author of Serena Koryta is one of the best of the best, plain and simple Michael Connelly THE CYPRESS HOUSE is a unique and entertaining blend of noir and paranormal suspense, with a tightly controlled supernatural thread as believable as the gunplay. Mr Koryta is at the start of what will surely be a great career. He's now on my must-read list. Dean Koontz Fright-inducing fiction Dan Simmons on SO COLD THE RIVER Michael Koryta is a gifted storyteller ... eerie, suspenseful, and pleasantly wicked. Scott Smith on SO COLD THE RIVER An icy, terrifying winner. SO COLD THE RIVER puts an October chill in your blood by the end of the first chapter. Dennis Lehane on SO COLD THE RIVER This book builds like a summer storm. Beautiful to watch until it shakes the house and knocks out the lights ... masterful Michael Connelly on SO COLD THE RIVER Fast-paced and action-packed, SO COLD THE RIVER is good, unclean fun. Like Joe Hill, Michael Koryta is infusing the old-school supernatural horror novel with new blood. Drink up! Stewart O'Nan on SO COLD THE RIVER

Product details

  • File Size: 2018 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (January 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00495ZCPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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