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So Cold the River
Mass Market Paperback

It starts with a beautiful woman and a challenge. As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old millionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man's story—just the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.

In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history—a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once mingled, and mineral springs whose miraculous waters were reputed to cure everything from insomnia to malaria. Neglected for years, the resort has been restored to its former grandeur just in time for Eric's stay.

Just hours after his arrival, Eric experiences a frighteningly vivid vision. As the days pass, the frequency and intensity of his hallucinations increase and draw Eric deeper into the area's dark history. He discovers that something besides the historic resort town has been restored—a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory. Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, So Cold the River is a tale of irresistible suspense with a racing, unstoppable current.

Listen to Michael's "Haunted 'River' Waters Flow Below a Grand Hotel" interview with NPR (Includes excerpt from So Cold the River)

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So Cold the River
Hardcover / Trade Paperback

"...a superior specimen, with its eerie tale of a lovely valley in Indiana where at one time an elixir known as Pluto Water bubbled up from the underground springs...Koryta sets a beautiful scene, resplendent with dreamy images of phantom railroad trains and ghosts who wear bowler hats and play the violin."
   —The New York Times

"An edgy, seat-of-your-pants thriller with a supernatural edge that's set in an immaculately restored grand old hotel in the Midwest."
   —Entertainment Weekly

"Horror runs through this tale of evil set at a once-famous resort."
   —USA Today

"Spellbinding and check-your-doors-and-windows scary...deliciously creepy..."
   —Amazon, Best Books of June

"[So Cold the River] ...dives headlong into supernatural territory—so much so that after finishing the book I cast a suspicious eye on the water bottle on the nearby night-table, an unspoken admonition not to drink it sounding off loudly in my mind."
   —Los Angeles Times

"Intellectually stimulating...nail-biting...spine chilling...will leave you out of breath..."
   —The Huffington Post

"A cataclysmic finale will put readers in mind of some of the best recent works of supernatural horror, among which this book ranks."
   —Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

"...Koryta has ventured into genre-bending, successfully melding thriller elements to a horror story that recalls Stephen King."

"A mysterious antique water bottle, a town reluctant to let go of old connections to fame and infamy, hallucinations and a resurgent evil combine to bring readers a gripping chiller that will keep them guessing - and looking under the covers - until the last page...Fans of horror and supernatural suspense will enjoy [Koryta's] latest, and darkest, work yet."
   —Library Journal

"A departure from Koryta's Lincoln Perry p.i. series that's every bit as well-written."
   —Kirkus Review

"This book builds like a summer storm. Beautiful to watch until it shakes the house and knocks out the lights, leaving you alone in the dark. Another masterful work from Michael Koryta, So Cold The River is guaranteed to put the cold finger down your spine."
   —Michael Connelly, author of 9 Dragons and The Brass Verdict

"An icy, terrifying winner. So Cold the River puts an October chill in your blood by the end of the first chapter. It's not much longer before you've turned on all the lights and rechecked all the window locks. Few novelists warrant mention alongside Stephen King or Peter Straub. Michael Koryta, however, earns comparison to both."
   —Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island

"Michael Koryta is a gifted storyteller. His writing reminded me of the great Ruth Rendell—eerie, suspenseful, and pleasantly wicked. If you're looking for a dose of Midwestern Gothic at its best, So Cold The River will be just the thing for you."
   —Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins

"So Cold the River is a great story, but what held me was the lean, clean prose and the sharp presentation of scenes and dialogue. Michael Koryta is a good storyteller and a wonderful stylist."
   —Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Bottoms

"Koryta's So Cold The River is an example of the good-writing equals good-reading equation that makes fright-inducing fiction worthy of our time, attention, and real enjoyment."
   —Dan Simmons, author The Terror and Drood

"Fast-paced and action-packed, So Cold The River is good, unclean fun. Like Joe Hill, Michael Koryta is infusing the old-school supernatural horror novel with new blood. Drink up!"
   —Stewart O'Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying and The Night Country

So Cold the River
Little Brown & Company, hardcover, June 2010, ISBN: 9780316053631
Little, Brown & Company, trade paperback, January 2011, ISBN: 9780316053648
Little, Brown & Company, mass market paperback, June 2012, ISBN: 9780316053624


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