Pyres by Derek Nikitas

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Punky Lucia Moberg turns sixteen in a week. She steals CDs from stores, argues with Mom, pines for the rebel boy next door. But adolescence ends fast in a mall parking lot when Luc’s professor father is shot dead in an apparent botched stickup. The killer flees, and so ignites an inferno that will engulf all the women it touches: a mother whose domestic life is shrouded in darkness, a pregnant outlaw desperate for a secure life, a dogged family cop atoning for her own family’s collapse, and Lucia herself, caught in the peril and violence that surrounds her.


About Derek Nikitas

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Derek Nikitas has published stories in The Ontario Review, Chelsea, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The Pedestal Magazine. Pyres is his first novel.
Published December 9, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Having rejected the carjacking as the whole story, Greta begins asking pointed questions of Lucia’s anxious mom, of the boy next door whose general scruffiness runs counter to type and of certain unlovely members of a bottom-feeding gang called the Skeleton Crew.

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Now, if he's to salvage his career, he has to figure out who Wynn is.Before “The Long Division” reaches its deadly climax, Jodie and Cal will have driven off on an interstate joyride, bound for the very same town where Wynn and Sam happen to be.

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