Title: Night Film
Publisher: Hutchinson, London
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Galley/Proof
Proof copy of first U.K. edition, in illustrated wraps. Laid in is a signed form letter from Robert Collins, Deputy Literary Editor of "The Sunday Times," to "Stephen," asking for 500 words by August 14 for which payment will be 275 pounds. Subsequent publication of a review on 8/25/2013 in "The Sunday Times" suggests author is Stephen Amidon, American novelist and writer (and father of Boston College football receiver Alexander). The form letter has many hand-written notes about the book on the back, and the book has a few underlinings and marginalia. Spine is slanted and creased; minor edgewear to wraps; Mylar protected. Bookseller Inventory # 006584
Synopsis: Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1971. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father. On a damp October night the young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty. For McGrath, another death connected the legendary director seems more than coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid. The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.
Review: An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: As she proved with her first book ( Special Topics in Calamity Physics), Pessl is a sly, smart, sophisticated writer. What?s surprising about her elaborately plotted and addictive new novel is how it gets better as it grows more convoluted. I can envision a massive white board busy with diagrams and arrows to track the spider-webbed storyline. Once Pessl works past a few slow spots and finds her momentum, the story churns into a dark, propulsive, and insatiable mystery. The daughter of a reclusive horror film director is found dead, and a disgraced journalist and two sidekicks become obsessed with uncovering the truth of her death and the true identity of her infamous father, whose terrifying films (banned from theaters and found only via underground methods) depict what is ?graphic and dark and gorgeous about life, thereby conquering the monsters of your mind.? Complex, shadowy, and a bit sad, Pessl?s riveting tale keeps us guessing until the final pages, along the way raising questions about reality, magic, art, fear, and celebrity. Sprinkled throughout are clever page props --website screenshots, news clippings, smudged police reports, and coffee-stained transcripts. It all holds together impressively, with a satisfying payoff that?ll leave you spent and sorry the ride is over. Special note to impatient readers (like me): stick with it, and savor it. You?ll be glad you did. -- Neal Thompson
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