Holy City

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Atlantic Monthly Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
HENRY WISE is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Mississippi MFA Program. His work has appeared in Shenandoah, Nixes Mate, Radar Poetry, Clackamas, and elsewhere. Holy City is his first novel.

"A dense, brilliantly rendered novel by a new master of Southern gothic."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Thomas Wolfe wrote that 'you can't go home again, ' and in this highly anticipated debut, Wise explores what happens when you do and nothing--and everything--has changed. ... Wise's writing is strongly evocative of its unique setting, redolent with the sights and sounds of small-town Virginia. Fans of both Southern and crime fiction will welcome this new voice, a hybrid of Faulkner and Grisham, to the genre." --Booklist

"A heinous crime tests a freshly minted deputy sheriff's allegiances in Wise's stylish debut... Bold characters and splendid prose further enhance the proceedings. Wise knocks it out of the park his first time up to bat."--Publishers Weekly

"Wise writes in multiple genres, including poetry, and his deft prose captures the intensity of this rural setting plagued by poverty and violence... Holy City is an unrelenting portrait of crime in rural America, and Wise is a welcome addition to the tradition of gritty Southern noir." --Erica Wright, Chapter 16

"Holy City is an amazing piece of work. A Southern novel that examines the pathos and ethos of small-town life and the weight of both grief and hatred. Love it." --S.A. Cosby, author of All the Sinners Bleed

"Henry Wise's striking debut Holy City is a haunting story of crime and the myriad ways that one can be punished. Set deep in the rural expanse of southern Virginia, it's both a thriller and a dark fairy tale, filled with danger and menace, loss and longed-for redemption." --Megan Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Turnout

"Holy City is a hell of an impressive debut by a great new voice in crime fiction. Henry Wise balances a bold literary voice with authentic storytelling in the kind of gritty Southern thriller that's right down my alley. From page one, you'll be absolutely hooked into this evocative world." --Ace Atkins, author of The Heathens

"A devastating first novel. . . Henry Wise arrives with a powerful new voice in the rarified air of truly literary crime fiction. Deeply rooted in the complex natural and cultural landscape of southern Virginia, Holy City is an engaging, original, and sometimes explosive take on what it can mean to go home again. Wise gives us a suspenseful crime story rich with lyrical flourishes and populated by tough, courageous, complicated people struggling with the power and burden of lifelong guilt, of unpayable debts. . . ultimately Holy City is a searching exploration of the fraught space between revenge and redemption where no choices are easy or even right. Not only wise, but brave as well, Holy City is a compelling and affecting read, not to be missed."--James A. McLaughlin, Edgar Award winning author of Bearskin

"Holy City is a debut to be relished. Henry Wise writes like he's been around forever, masterfully weaving together a tapestry of flattened forests and sprawling tobacco plantations, along with intimate portraits of the people who populate rural Southern Virginia. Rarely does a first-time novelist come along with such a bold, singular voice. I've got a feeling Henry's here to stay."--Eli Cranor, author of Don't Know Tough

"Henry Wise is a talented storyteller who brings a poet's ear to the southern landscape he knows so well. The dialogue crackles with authenticity and the characters are drawn with great compassion." --Chris Offutt, author of The Killing Hills

"In one of the best debuts I've read to date, Henry Wise weaves a brilliant tale of small town, southern noir... This was one of those novels that touched my heart, reached deep into my soul, and tugged at my emotions." --Stuart Ashenbrenner, BestThrillerBooks.com

"Dark and gritty and times, elegant at others, Wise will keep you hooked from the start in his debut gem. His ability to completely immerse the reader into a story that is so captivating is hard to miss... His writing reminds me of S.A. Cosby as his meticulous storytelling ability reaches creative standards that only come from seasoned authenticity. Definitely a must read and be prepared to control your emotions." --Chris Miller, BestThrillerBooks.com