The White Devil

The White Devil

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"Evans is so good at nail-biting narrative." --WashingtonPost

"[A]crackling literary mystery. . . . Harrow itself contains Shirley Jackson levelsof gloomy passages and dark secrets. Smart, scary, sexy, and gorgeously writtento boot." --Booklist (starredreview)

Joe Hill's Horns meets Donna Tartt'sThe Secret History in this bold new thriller from Justin Evans, authorof the critically acclaimed A Good and Happy Child. Whenseventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high schoolto a British boarding school--a high-profile academy for the sons of England'sfinest--his father hopes that the boy's dark past will not follow him fromacross the Atlantic. But blood, suspense, and intrigue quickly surround Andrewonce again as he finds himself struggling with a deadly mystery left unsolvedby a student from Harrow School's past--the enigmatic poet Lord Byron.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061728284
  • 9780061728280
  • 1,747,994

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""The White Devil" is an intelligent, bristling ghost story with a stunning sense of place, a uniquely frightful spirit, and a band of absolutely charming heroes--Byronic and otherwise. You'll dread reaching the end-while flipping the pages furiously."--Gillian Flynn, author of "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places"
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Sex, Death, and Boarding School

When seventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high school to a British boarding school--the English, hypertraditional, all-boys Harrow School--he finds his past mistakes following him, with an added element of horror: visions of a pale, white-haired boy from Harrow's past. Either Andrew is losing his mind, or the house legend about his dormitory being haunted is true.

When one of his schoolmates dies mysteriously of a severe pulmonary illness, Andrew is blamed and spurned by nearly all his peers. In his loneliness and isolation, Andrew becomes obsessed with Lord Byron's story and the poet's status not only as a literary genius and infamous seducer but also as a student at the very different Harrow of two centuries ago--a place rife with violence, squalor, incurable diseases, and tormented love affairs.

When frightening and tragic events from that long-ago past start to recur in Harrow's present, and Andrew's haunting begins to seem all too real, he is forced to solve a two-hundred-year-old mystery that threatens the lives of his friends and his teachers--and, most terrifyingly, his own.
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Rating details

2,056 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
5 14% (293)
4 33% (676)
3 36% (740)
2 13% (259)
1 4% (88)
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