The 12th Commandment

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St. Martin's Press
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6.5 X 8.8 X 1.8 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel Torday is the author of The 12th Commandment, The Last Flight of Poxl West, Boomer1, and the novella The Sensualist. He is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for fiction and a recipient of the Sami Rohr Choice Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, and n+1 and have been honored by the Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays series. Torday is a professor of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College. He lives in Philadelphia.


"Mourning, godless, Zeke makes for an unlikely detective as he investigates the mysterious Dönme cult and its connection to the murder of a teenage boy in Ohio. The novel pairs the gripping mystery of Raymond Chandler with the existential inquiry of Philip Roth, then arms the two with AR15s and a kosher banquet of edibles. A rare, literary delight. Daniel Torday is operating in his prime."
--Michelle Zauner, author of Crying in H Mart

"What a wild, delightful and utterly insane book! The 12th Commandment is a gripping, profound, and utterly absorbing novel in which an investigation into a murder becomes an investigation into mysticism, community, drugs, and what we find when we push our minds to the very limit."
--Phil Klay, author of Redeployment and Missionaries

"The 12th Commandment is a one of-a-kind pleasure. A dark murder mystery full of surprises, but also a romantic comedy, but also a serious novel of ideas. Featuring a likable millennial journalist, a likable millennial prosecutor, and -- only in America! -- a cannabis-loving, assault rifle-toting, ultra-orthodox messianic Jewish cult on a commune in rural Ohio. And also: splendidly written." -- Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century and True Believers

"Daniel Torday's third novel is a revelation, a page-turner with bursts of prophecy and poetry. The 12th Commandment feels like a genre unto itself--theological noir, Ohio gothic. Torday is such a sharp observer of the spaces where American communities overlap and where the secular and the sacred collide. It's thrilling to read one of my favorite writers doing something utterly, dazzlingly new." -- Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and Orange World