So Cold the River by Michael Koryta

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It started 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 billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man's past--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 hot springs whose miraculous mineral water cured 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 town's dark history. He discovers that something besides the hotel 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.
 

About Michael Koryta

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While still in high school, Michael Koryta worked as a newspaper reporter and for a private investigator. His first book, Tonight I Said Goodbye, was published when he was twenty-one years old and an undergraduate at Indiana University. It won the Great Lakes Book Award for best mystery. Envy the Night won the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery/thriller. He is the author of the Lincoln Perry series and teaches at the Indiana University School of Journalism.
 
Published January 6, 2011 by Back Bay Books. 544 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A gothic horror story set in—wait for it—rural Indiana.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this explosive thriller from Koryta (Envy the Night ), failed filmmaker Eric Shaw is eking out a living making family home videos when a client offers him big

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The New York Times

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Michael Koryta’s novel looks at an old Indiana resort and mysterious bottled water.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this explosive thriller from Koryta (Envy the Night ), failed filmmaker Eric Shaw is eking out a living making family home videos when a client offers him big bucks to travel to the resort town of West Baden, Ind., the childhood home of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, to shoot a video hi...

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Examiner

Once you venture past the cover, you just may find yourself wondering whether you, too, drank the water, as you will be rendered unable to resist the call of the pages found within… With thanks to Miriam Parker of Little, Brown and Company for providing HFE with a review copy of So Cold the ...

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Book Reporter

There are but a few locals in the area who remember Campbell Bradford, and all of them insist the Campbell that Eric is researching could not be the same man, given that the Campbell of their memory would have been much older --- and more notorious --- than the millionaire whose remaining days ar...

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AV Club

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An award-winning mystery writer tries his hand at a moody supernatural thriller.

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Shaw is nicely wrought as a portrayal of promise gone to seed, but the other two point-of-view characters are a spunky old woman with many hidden talents, and a bad guy who gets worse when he dabbles in the supernatural, though his particular brand of evil feels too cartoonish to be menacing even...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Eric Shaw is picking up the pieces of his life.

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Description'So Cold the River' by Michael Koryta was published June 9, 2010.Publisher: Little, Brown and Company528 pagesGuide Review - 'So Cold the River' by Michael Koryta - Book ReviewEric Shaw, former talented Hollywood cinematographer, now director and editor for memorial videos at funerals...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Thom Geier Onion AV Club 2 of 5 Stars "It’s a promising set up for a novel, and Koryta is able to get by on suggested menace and spooky setting for roughly half the book’s page length.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Eric Shaw, in his recent former life an LA cinematographer before that career crashed and burned and now in his early thirties, has for the past two years lived in Chicago, trying to make a living filming memorial videos for presentation at funerals.

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The Speculative Scotsman

... Seriously. That's the premise behind So Cold the River, the latest from American crime fiction sensation Michael Koryta and the first of his works ...

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As You Like It

The hotels mentioned in the book are real – check them out online at West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel.

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