368 pages, 8.01 × 4.99 × 0.98 in
September 13, 2011
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385663722
ISBN - 13: 9780385663724
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[ I ] The call comes in the middle of the night, as the worst sort do. The phone so close I can read the numbers on its green-glowing face, see the swirled fingerprint I’d left on its message window. A simple matter of reaching and grabbing. Yet I lie still. It is my motor-facility impairment (as one of my fussily unhelpful physicians calls it) that pins me for eighteen rings before I manage to hook the receiver onto my chest. “I don’t even know what time it is. But it’s late, isn’t it?” A familiar voice, faintly slurred, helium-pitched between laughter and sobs. Randy Toller. A friend since high school—a time that even Randy, on the phone, calls “a million years ago.” And though it was only twenty-four years, his estimate feels more accurate. As Randy apologizes for waking me, and blathers on about how strange he feels “doing this,” I am trying to think of an understanding but firm way of saying no when he finally gets around to asking for money. He has done it before, following the unfairly lost auditions, the furniture-stealing girlfriends, the vodka-smoothed rough patches of his past tough-luck decade. But in the end Randy surprises me when he takes a rattling, effortful breath and says, “Ben’s dead, Trev.” Trev? This is my first, not-quite-awake thought. Nobody’s called me that since high school, including Randy. “How?” “A rope,” Randy says. “Rope?” “Hanging. I mean, he hung himself. In his mom’s house.” “He never went outside. Where else could he have done it?” “I’m sa
From the Publisher
From acclaimed author Andrew Pyper, a gripping novel of psychological suspense about four men haunted by a secret from childhood.
There's no such thing as an empty house...
Trevor, Randy, Ben and Carl grew up together in the small town of Grimshaw as many boys do--playing hockey on the local team, the Guardians, and forging friendships that run deep. Twenty-four years later, Trevor, recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and faced with his own mortality, learns that his old friend Ben has committed suicide. He returns to Grimshaw to pay his respects and to reunite with Randy and Carl.
But going home means going back to the memories of a sinister crime that occurred in the abandoned house at 321 Caledonia Street--a crime that claws its way into the present, leaving its indelible mark on everyone. Chilling to the core and gripping in the extreme, The Guardians is taut psychological suspense that will leave you at once breathless and moved.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
ANDREW PYPER is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories, Kiss Me, which drew critical acclaim and heralded him as a writer to watch. His first novel, Lost Girls, was a national bestseller in Canada and a Notable Book selection in the New York Times Book Review and the London Evening Standard. The novel won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. His chilling follow-up novel set in the Amazon, The Trade Mission, was called "remarkable and compelling" by The London Times. His third novel, The Wildfire Season, was a national bestseller and acclaimed in Canada, the U.S. and Britain. His latest novel, The Killing Circle, a national bestseller and New York Times Notable book, was published in Fall 2008. The Guardians, as well as three of his previous novels, is being developed for feature film.
From the Hardcover edition.
“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 Guardians gripped me from its opening line and never let go." – John Connolly, author of Every Dead Thing and The Lovers“A perfect haunted-house story, a crisp, eerie October night of a book that had me in its clutches from page one." – Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat “So much more than a thriller. Truly great writing, haunting, intelligent, human, terrifying. Pyper is a genius.” – Deon Meyer, author of Thirteen Hours"A master of psychological suspense at its spine-tingling best, Andrew Pyper knows just how to lure you in to all the deep, dark places