Pitch Dark

Steven Sidor

St. Martin's Griffin

Pitch Dark is a propulsive, layered, and brutal read. . . .  A reader can't hope for more than to discover a writer possessed of both true talent and true passion. Discover Steven Sidor."
---Michael Koryta, author of The Cypress House

It’s Christmas Eve, and Vera Coffey is on the run. She doesn't know the men who are after her. She has never seen them before, but she has seen the horrors they visit on people who don’t give them what they want. Vera has something they want badly. She’d give it up if it weren’t the only thing keeping her alive.

The Larkins have known the toll violence takes on a family ever since they were trapped in a madman’s shooting rampage. They've been coping with the trauma for nearly twenty years. Now, on a cold and lonely winter morning, Vera collapses at their roadside motel. And she’s brought something with her. Together they'll have to make one last stand against an evil that has followed them further than anyone could've imagined.

With a thriller so fast-paced that it’s impossible to let go and an ominous sense that everything is destined to go wrong, Pitch Dark is an intense read from a master of suspense.


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I’m driving on the dark side of the moon, Vera Coffey thought. She knew precisely where she was: pointed due north in northern Minnesota, at 3:01 A.M., early Christmas Eve morning. A hatcheting wind whistled as it worked over her red Camaro, trying to find a way inside. Vera felt safe for now. The Berlinetta’s cranky heater was blowing warmth through the vents, lulling her as she rocketed on a cushion of steel-belted rubber and air.
Don’t think about what you’re running from, she told herself. Do that and you’ll be just fine. She almost


Praise for Pitch Dark

Praise for Pitch Dark

"Pitch Dark is a propulsive, layered, and brutal read. Sidor reminds you of the terrible violence of which we are capable and the heart that must be called upon to endure. A reader can't hope for more than to discover a writer possessed of both true talent and true passion. Discover Steven Sidor."
—Michael Koryta, author of The Cypress House

"Pitch Dark is as relentlessly suspenseful as any crime novel you’ve ever read, but at the same time it’s as scary as the best horror stories.  Once you’ve met the walking nightmare who calls himself the Pitch—and his devoted henchmen—you will never forget them (try as you might).  A harrowing, nonstop flight into the very heart of darkness, Pitch Dark kept me up half the night—and when I did go to bed, I left the lights on."
–Robert Masello, author of The Medusa Amulet

Praise for The Mirror’s Edge
“Chicago native and resident Steven Sidor, author of the stellar macabre thrillers Skin River and Bone Factory, has outdone himself with The Mirror's Edge, a supernatural-nuanced, soul-chilling mystery… Powered by a sublime sense of foreboding and an ominous, phantasmagoric ambiance reminiscent of works by Aleister Crowley and H.P. Lovecraft…. Comparable novels have been mainstays on national best-seller lists (Scott Smith's The Ruins and Joe Schreiber's Chasing the Dead, for example), but The Mirror's Edge blows them all away in terms of fright factor and overall quality of narrative. Crime fiction and horror fans alike will find The Mirror's Edge a dark, disturbing gem.”
Chicago Tribune

“Bone-chilling… Sidor is a master of the unsettling, and each twist is more grisly and unexpected than the last. Readers won't be able to resist staying up all night to finish this haunting tale.”
Publishers Weekly

“Compelling and chilling, The Mirror’s Edge delivers everything a reader could want—strong characters, driving narrative, and the edge-of-your-seat suspense. Unconventional and challenging, yet engaging and very human, it is a wonderful novel from a talented writer.”
--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer

Praise for Bone Factory

“Frank Miller's Sin City has nothing on Booth City... This tale is a dark classic by an author with a long career ahead of him.”
--Rocky Mountain News

“Sidor proved in his well-received first novel, Skin River, that he knows a thing or two about deviant human behavior. Now he delivers an equally laudable mystery about two homicide detectives, set in the fictional midwestern town of Booth City, that delves even deeper into the darker reaches of the criminal mind.”
Publishers Weekly

“It's a hard-boiled world, presented in a brisk, brutal shorthand as tough as its subject.”
The Providence Journal

“Sidor is a prince of darkness, steeped in the noir tradition and not giving an inch. That said, he is also bountifully talented.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Skin River

"Take note, and you may see a star in the making."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced crime debut. The salty prose and clever narration will keep readers hooked."
--Publishers Weekly

"You can't get creepier than this. Exquisitely plotted, with a well-realized main character."

“Unforgetable, spellbinding, and darkly suspenseful.  Sidor must have sold his soul to the devil to write this well.”
–Steve Hamilton, author of Misery Bay

“Dark, harrowing, and unpredictable as a run of dangerous river. Sidor plunges you into chilling waters on page one and barely lets you up for air.”
–Gregg Hurwitz, author of They’re Watching

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  • Steven Sidor

  • Steven Sidor is the author of acclaimed novels including The Mirror's Edge. He lives near Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and two children.

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Pitch Dark

Steven Sidor



St. Martin's Griffin