Bitter Pill

Peter Church (Author)


The final installment in Peter Church's Dark Web Trilogy

"A fast-paced and gripping thriller--expect several twists along the way." --Cosmopolitan

Amid rumors of bartenders paid to spike drinks and then deliver drugged college women to paying, eager patrons, University of Cape Town (UCT) authorities move quickly to limit the damage--but the police don't want to believe there is a problem. A world away in Seattle, Carlos De Palma, the shadowy operator behind Dark Video, is plotting his survival strategy in the ever-changing Internet landscape. With his wealthy clientele clamoring for heightened thrills, Carlos begins tapping into a new service that blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds. Meanwhile, UCT student Robbie is sent into a sinister underground world where no price is too high to pay to deliver every fantasy--no matter how twisted.

Bitter Pill, part of Church's dark web trilogy, is a gripping thriller that sweeps through the intoxicating haunts of Cape Town's nightlife to explode in an adrenaline-laced sprint through the violent landscape of stalking, sexual deviation, and murder.

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Catalyst Press
Publish Date
June 15, 2020
5.98 X 0.79 X 8.9 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Church is a South African fiction novelist renowned for the dark and racy nature of his writing. Church lives in Cape Town with his wife, the artist Paula Church, and three children. He is a member of SA's PEN association of writers.


"Bitter Pill is a book built for speed. The chapters are short and the events fast paced. Church has a great handle on tension and escalation, on dialogue, the story and its protagonists. These pull together and keep you engaged. [...] an enjoyable read and will surely have readers baying for more." --LitNet

Praise for Bitter Pill in South Africa:

"A fast-paced and gripping thriller--expect several twists along the way." --Cosmopolitan

"Church is a master storyteller." --The Citizen

"You'll want to read it in one sitting." --Cape Times