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The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature's founding masterpieces - Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula - in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world's one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.

As a forensic psychiatrist at New York's leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country's most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today - a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime - struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.

First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he's Lily's father. To discover the truth - behind her client, her mother's death, herself - Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.

Fusing the page-turning tension of a first-rate thriller with a provocative take on where thrillers come from, The Only Child will keep you up until its last unforgettable revelation.

About the Author

Andrew Pyper

I've written eight novels and fathered two children. I make my living doing the former to keep a roof over the heads of the latter, the two proudest achievements of my life. My new novel, The Only Child, a psychological thriller about family, identity, and the origins of monstrosity, has just been published.

Among my previous books I wrote The Demonologist, a #1 bestseller in Canada, Brazil and a number of other foreign territories. It's being developed by ImageMovers (Robert Zemeckis' production company) and Universal Pictures for feature film, and was the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel. My first novel, Lost Girls, won the Arthur Ellis Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and appeared on both the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists, and I have adapted the book for television with Lin Pictures and Warner Bros TV. The Killing Circle was a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year, and The Wildfire Season a Globe and Mail Best Book. I made my way through a BA and MA in English Literature from McGill University, and wasted three years on a law degree from the University of Toronto. Each year I teach an intensive course in creative writing at Colorado College.

I live in Toronto.

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

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