A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

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A Density of Souls is the story of four high school friends in present-day New Orleans who are torn apart by envy, passion and a secret murder. Meredith, Brandon, Greg and Stephen quickly discover the fragile boundaries between friendship and betrayal as they enter high school and form new allegiances. Brandon and Greg gain popularity as football jocks and Meredith joins the bulimic in-crowd, while Stephen is treated as a outcast and is the target of homophobia in a school that viciously mocks him. Then two violent deaths disrupt the core of what they once shared. Five years later the friends are drawn back together as new facts about their mutual history are revealed and what was held to be a tragic accident is discovered to be murder. A the true story emerges, other secrets begin to unravel and the casual cruelties of high school develop into acts of violence that threaten on entire city. Unputdownable, A Destiny of Souls is a stunning debut novel that lays the darker side of the teenage psyche in modern-day life.

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Christopher Rice is the son of the novelist, Anne Rice, and the poet, Stan Rice. He is presently living in New Orleans, where he grew up. A Density of Souls is his debut novel.
Published December 9, 2014 by Thomas & Mercer. 383 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Gay & Lesbian, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Stephen (gay, viciously taunted), Meredith (alcoholic, bulimic), Greg (suicidal), and Brandon (psychotic) are best friends throughout childhood, but soon spiral out of each others’ lives as they grow older, encountering along the way death-by-gunshot (self-inflicted), institutionalization, and nu...

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Chronicling the lives of four tormented youths, 21-year-old author Rice's earnestly overwritten debut novel flails wildly and suffers from an identity crisis as awkward and vivid as that of his soul-seared characters.

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Last night on his extremely popular internet radio program, “The Dinner Party Show”, which he co-hosts with his good friend and fellow writer, Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher Rice announced the title and publication date of his new supernatural thriller, “The Vines”.

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Written in the decade of the crucifixion-like death of Matthew Shepard and the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., A Density of Souls, by young writer Christopher Rice (progeny of gothic writer Anne Rice and poet and painter Stan Rice), is a mystery and gay-coming-of-age story that is pow...

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Austin Chronicle

"The swamp of New Orleans made a better home for mosquitoes than humans," 22-year-old Christopher Rice writes in his debut novel, A Density of Souls.

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