The Long Division

Derek Nikitas

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An Atlanta housecleaner flees her nowhere life to reunite with the son she gave up for adoption. The teenage boy joins his longlost mother on an unlawful road trip that proves how much they both have to lose by finding each other. Elsewhere, a deputy must track down the shooter in a drug-related double murder before other investigators discover the deputy’s illicit ties to the case. The killer is an unbalanced college kid hunted by vengeful drug dealers and the police, haunted by loves both dead and forbidden. When the renegade mother and son arrive, past sins and present gambits will ensnare them in the violent endgame between the deputy and the desperate killer.

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Last house on a Friday, and Jodie’s body ached for weekend. In the master bath she scrubbed soap scum and toothpaste and coiled hair from the sink basin with cleanser wipes. No water was the rule— chemicals only. No using the client’s toilets, either. Even if she had to pee, Kwik Kleen rules forbade her. Jodie was owed nothing by the world, and the rules applied to her.
In the mirror she caught sight of her ruddy face, the freckles all leaked together. The uniform was a button- down shirt with the fake front of a maid’s apron printed on it.

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 "Derek Nikitas reveals a maimed beauty in the darkest recesses of the human heart, and THE LONG DIVISION will stay with you long after you turn the last page.  I loved this book."
 
- Sean Chercover:

"Coming off one of the most accomplished debuts in recent years, Derek Nikitas's second novel, The Long Division, exceeds even the grandest of expectations. As he deftly weaves together three perilous storylines, we feel ourselves simultaneously moved, horrified and brokenhearted as the novel spirals towards its breathtaking conclusion. Nikitas finds beauty and pathos in the smallest of gestures, the largest of actions, the darkest of paths. Not to be missed."


-- Megan Abbott

 
“In its dark heart, this murderous tale is about family, but whether family is our salvation or our doom is the real mystery. Pushed to their breaking points, Nikitas' characters are brutally compelling, his narrative voice riveting. Once again,his storytelling seems powered by a steam-engine, an unstoppable force.”

-- Julianna Baggott

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Derek Nikitas

DEREK NIKITA S teaches creative writing at Eastern Kentucky University. Pyres, his first novel, was an Edgar nominee.

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The Long Division
Derek Nikitas

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429994705
ISBN10: 1429994703
320 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312363987
ISBN10: 0312363982
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$24.99
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