Granite Harbor

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Celadon Books
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6.5 X 9.37 X 1.08 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author
Peter Nichols is the author of the bestselling novel The Rocks, the nonfiction bestsellers A Voyage for Madmen, Evolution's Captain, and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. His novel Voyage to the North Star was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC literary award. His journalism has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has an MFA degree from Antioch University Los Angeles, and has taught creative writing there and at Georgetown University, Bowdoin College, and New York University in Paris. Before turning to writing full time, he held a 100 ton USCG Ocean Operator's license and was a professional yacht delivery captain for 10 years. He has also worked in advertising in London, as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, a shepherd in Wales, and sailed alone in a small boat across the Atlantic. He is a member of the Explorers Club of New York.

"At once tender and harrowing, Granite Harbor uses a nuanced human lens to examine a community in peril. Peter Nichols turns his mastery of language to the mystery novel, and spins it into visceral terror. A gripping thriller from an exciting new crime writer."
--Danya Kukafka, author of the Edgar Award Winning Notes on an Execution and Girl in Snow

"A failed novelist turned detective investigates his first murder case in a small town. A serial-killer thriller to make you shudder. It's grisly, unsettling, and dark--and also a beautifully written, deeply felt, and moving tale of family relationships. I loved it."
--Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient and The Fury

"Peter Nichols is a remarkably inventive, versatile writer, a master of the emotionally resonant page-turner. And now he's written a literal thriller, complete with a brilliantly compelling killer with a fiendishly shocking method. Even better, underlying Nichols's wildly original plot is a bedrock of strong characters, a community of parents and children, lovers and friends, colleagues and rivals, all connected in deep, moving, surprising, and inspiring ways. I loved Granite Harbor for the sheer skill and brio of Nichols's storytelling. But more than that, I'm now invested in this town and its inhabitants, rooting for his wonderful detective, and hoping for a sequel. Or a series."
--Kate Christensen, author of Welcome Home, Stranger

"Stephen King is no longer the only master of psychological thriller set in the seeming idyll of small-town Maine. With Granite Harbor, Peter Nichols brings a sharp eye for character and nuance to a twisting tale of horror and betrayals both large and small in a small, long-memoried town, weaving a murder mystery as delicate and devastating as an onion spun out of glass. You will never look at coastal New England in the same way again. I know I won't."
--Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of A True Account

"Well-written, character-driven portrait of small-town New England meets Silence of the Lambs."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A grisly and fiendishly inventive murder mystery that will rattle even seasoned genre fans."
--Publishers Weekly

"Nichols (The Rocks, 2015) plots a compelling page-turner, particularly with periodic chapters from the murderer's point of view an anonymous portrait of a tragically neglected and abused individual. The real strength here is in the compassionate portrayal of a diverse array of small-town characters, some suspects, some not, who struggle with their own past lies and secrets."

"[A] finely written and thrilling tour de force."
--Wall Street Journal

"Peter Nichols has written an engrossing thriller that straddles that line between literary and genre, as a deeply disturbed criminal stalks the young people of a sleepy town... uncommon, and often deliciously scary, reading."
--Criminal Element

Praise for THE ROCKS:

"This page-turner will transport readers to the sunny community of expats at a glamorous seaside resort, where mystery, love, and family legacy are all fiercely intertwined." --Harper's Bazaar

"[What] smart, sexy summer lit is invariably made of. . . Think of it as a beach read you'll respect in the morning." --Entertainment Weekly

"[The Rocks is] constructed to keep the reader guessing. . . In other words, this is the perfect book for pretending it's already beach season." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"Glamorous. . . A riveting mystery and a decades-long love story." --Travel & Leisure

"Propulsive." --The New York Times Book Review