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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409120783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120780
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in a smallish town in southern Ontario, which makes me Canadian. It also, more markedly, makes me a boy born in a smallish town, which has left (for me) inescapably gothic inclinations. I write novels in which bad things happen to people like you and me, which is to say, people with secrets or desires they'd prefer to keep hidden away. Normal people.

My books are usually referred to as thrillers, or "literary thrillers," or mysteries, or suspense, or horror. Whatever they're called, they're intended to reveal character through the experience of fear. I guess that's my central intent, though "central intents" are always a moving target, aren't they?

My most recent novel is The Guardians, which is about the shared secrets of long-time male friendship, the horrors of turning 40...and a haunted house. Before that is The Killing Circle, which is about what happens when a wannabe novelist steals another wannabe's story and the villain from that story is given life in the so-called "real world." It was selected as a Notable Crime Novel of the Year in The New York Times. Then there's The Wildfire Season, about a man who must pass through a forest fire that has encircled a remote town in order to save his ex-girlfriend and the daughter he met for the first time only days earlier. The Trade Mission has been called a "modern Heart of Darkness" and involves a pair of overnight dot-com millionaires (remember them?) brutally confronting non-virtual reality after being pursued in the Brazilian jungle. Finally (or originally) there's Lost Girls, which was a New York Times Notable Book and Globe and Mail Best Book, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, and concerns a defence lawyer who believes he's being visited by the ghosts of two girls, the presumed victims of a double murder committed either by his client...or the Lady of Lake, a local myth who waits to pull others down into the lake outside town...

The Guardians, The Killing Circle, The Wildfire Season and Lost Girls are all in development for feature films.

I also have a law degree from the University of Toronto I've never used, and a B.A. and M.A in English Literature from McGill University which have proved considerably more handy. I live in Toronto.

There's more at my website: www.andrewpyper.com

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"The latest novel from Canadian author Pyper is an ambitious excursion into Stephen King territory. . . . With a well-executed narrative, both past . . . and present, strong characterization and some truly arresting images, The Guardians""is a compelling and genuinely creepy read."-- "The Guardian "(UK) "Everything you could ask for in a thriller. It's psychologically unnerving, moves like a bullet, and is fraught with so much tension you might crack a tooth reading it. Outstanding in every way." - Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River " ""Pyper reveals his skill with pacing as the story takes on the speed of midnight dash through a graveyard. And please note: This is not schlock horror dripping with gore. Pyper expertly creates terror through mood and setting. We hear what keeps going bump in the night, but never quite see it." "-- The Globe and Mail" "A splendidly eerie haunted house story, and a superb evocation of small town life. The Guardiansn

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2012
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Since I was a child I have enjoyed a good ghost story. I grew up reading the Fontana Book Of Ghost Stories among others, so I was looking forward to reading The Guardians. Luckely I was not dissapointed. Andrew Pyper has written a good supernatural chiller with plenty of scares and good characterisation. Rather like Stephen King's excellent novel It, The Guardians is set party in the past during the characters childhood and later in present day where the children now grownup return to the house to once again face the horror that lurkes there. This is a good scary novel and best read while sitting by the fire with a nice drink. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.R.Hartley VINE VOICE on 14 April 2011
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I'll begin by saying I enjoyed this book and that, when you really think about it, is all that matters. It's well constructed, the characters are recognisable as people we know and have bck stories of their own and while it's not exacly scary, it rattles along nicely and a couple of times it made me turn the heating up. It's an old fashioned haunted house tale where a group of grown ups reflect on faded glories and insecurities and come to terms with the past... just like a Stephen King book. Yes, like others I recognised familiar (and favourite) themes from Mr King's work, but this book is not a straight rip-off and it has its own identity. Andrew Pyper deserves credit for writing a creditable thriller with thrills and chills that does not degenerate to tedious slasher rampages or rely on maverick cops/forensic specialists to wok it all out for us but it's really a chiller and I'd say you'd have to be a very nervous individual to be actually scared. All in all, a good yarn best savoured on chilly nights when you have the house to yourself. I'm not sure it ould work quite so well reading this on a sunny beach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Green Man Music on 17 Mar. 2011
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"The Guardians" is a ghoulish haunted house tale set in Canada, involving a group of former high school ice hockey players (the eponymous Guardians) now in their forties and hampered by their own Achilles Heels, summoned back to the town of their collective childhoods after the death of a close friend.

Their return opens up old wounds, rekindles old passions, and revisits old shared childhood experiences that they'd hoped they'd left in the dim and distant past, only for the death of their friend and their subsequent arrival in town to awaken it again.

For me there are clear similarities to Stephen King's It both in style and content. Both novels are about childhood friends having to reunite as adults, return to their childhood hometown and confront unfinished supernatural business lying almost forgotten in their past, one or more of the adults having died along the way. Both have narrative streams set in the present day with regular interludes set in the past to inform the reader of what happened then. Pyper even uses a Canadian version of familiar King-type references to the minutae of "Ezee-Kleen" and "Krazy Kevin" style brand names.

Nevertheless Pyper is a very good writer and whether consciously emulating King or not, he's managed to find a similarly engaging style of writing which draws the reader in and keeps her or him turning the pages. More twists to the plot develop as the story unfolds and the author conjures up some pretty powerful scenes; I found the protagonists' later dealings with their team coach particularly vividly constructed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ruby on 14 July 2011
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The Guardians by Andrew Pyper

I have loved Andrew Pyper darkly, seductive novels, all of them are very different on the surface but underneath they all have similar characteristics, human anxieties and secrets and misgivings.

'The Guardians' has shades of Stephen King's IT and The Body in this 'coming of age' supernatural thriller but there is nothing wrong with that and Pyper doesn't put a foot wrong! The local haunted house has become part of urban mythology and the Thurman House in the Guardians represents that old abandoned spooky house in our town that we all ran past as children.

Trevor, Randy, Ben and Carl were boyhood friends until, looking for a missing person, they went into the Thurman House and what they found there changed them forever. They are bound by a vow of silence about what they found and the terrible things that happened in the house. Years later Trevor returns to Grimshaw for the funeral of Ben, the only one who stayed behind 'to watch the house' and to makes sure whatever was in there didn't escape. He committed suicide...

Accompanied by Randy, Trevor arrives in Grimshaw, Carl joins them for the tragic reunion to find history has a nasty habit of repeating itself and once again, they are forced to venture into the malevolent Thurman House.

The author uses a wonderful duel narrative from Trevor, present day and the past, his 'Memory Diary' using a Dictaphone on which he records episodes from his childhood. The pacing is superb, giving the reader precious little time to contemplate events before hurtling you into the next incident. The story has a perfect balance between the believable and the paranormal and Pyper's imagery is vivid and visceral full of compelling menace

Of course it really is all about friendship, rite of passage, what it is to become a man, and to be a man but as someone said it is a terrifying and breathless and as a midnight dare to run through your local graveyard...
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