Bitter Pill

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$15.95  $14.83
Catalyst Press
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5.98 X 8.9 X 0.79 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. His debut novel, Dark Video, was published by Random House in South Africa and Australia in 2008, and delved into a sordid world of online video sharing. This was followed up in 2011 with Bitter Pill, a thriller dealing with the scourge of drink spiking on the local club scene. Bitter Pill was long listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in the same year. 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 and his short stories have been published in a number of local anthologies.

"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

"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
"Church expertly juggles the multiple story lines all the way to the sordid, frantic maelstrom of the denouement." --Publishers Weekly
"The thriller accelerates to a climax where the strands come together in a way that's satisfyingly natural, but still unexpected. Bitter Pill has a strong plot that keeps the pages turning, but it's the insightful studies of evil that make the book memorable." --New York Journal of Books
"Right until the end readers will find it hard to pin down who is the greater villain, leaving them with a pertinent question -- has human depravity usurped the digital space or is it the other way around? Bitter Pill leads to uncomfortable sedation, and induces gut wrenching nausea at the perverted fantasies. It is definitely not offering a cure, rather giving a taste of bitter reality where proxy servers run and ruin lives. It is a gripping novel which remarkably holds readers' attention with its taut narrative and escalating pace." -- The Mantle