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Once we face our deepest fears, what lies on the other side?
Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1971.
To his fans he is an enigma.
To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy.
To Ashley he was a father.
On a damp October night the young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.
For McGrath, another death connected the legendary director seems more than coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.
The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
This slick glossy psychological thriller is a knowing, clever, noir-ish puzzle.
Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova has not been seen in public since 1971 but is the subject of extreme fan cult status. Now his daughter Ashley is dead. Did journalist Scott McGrath see her at night in Central Park? Together with an aspiring actress called Nora and a young man called Hopper he decides to investigate. Their inquiries lead them into dark places real and imagined. A very contemporary take on obsession, celluloid celebrity and manufactured mythology, this is a teasing and manipulative narrative written with smart New York polish and sophistication, announcing Marisha Pessl as a major new talent. Images and clippings taken from media sources and underground web sites add an extra layer of disinformation and intrigue.
About the Author
Marisha Pessl's bestselling first novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and currently resides in New York City.
"Deliciously spine-tingling... all-consuming and mind-altering. Nothing else matters while there are pages to turn and, once the book is over, the world seems an emptier place." Daily Telegraph "This month's smartest (and creepiest) new novel is a hell of a read ... An intensely writerly project that doesn't jettison the reader ... It explores how stories seep from texts into the world; not only in that it follows a journalist investigating a cult horror-film director whose life is entangled in his fictions, but also because the pages are peppered with fake news article and websites. A narrative signifying narratives, this novel echoes ... The action bullet-trains through an artfully plotted world of secret screenings and suspicious deaths." GQ (Book of the Month) "Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page." Stylist "When Cordova's beautiful daughter is found dead in a warehouse, McGrath can't help but pick up the trail. His pacy narrative voice is interrupted by magazine interviews, text messages, Facebook pages; a Cordova fan forum even pops up on the printed page ... The result is multiple narratives that read like real life (or a more exciting version of it) ... Night Film doesn't cease to be with its last full stop. [Pessl] has developed a phone app and a website with extra material - a savvy move." Vogue "The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film - which a fictional Time article calls "a spellbinding and emotionally harrowing experience" - but in Pessl's own Night Film as well. McGrath's prologue opens with a dictum "Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not." This book is ours." Vanity Fair
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 2nd September 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4 x 4.7
Weight (kg): 0.81