Meet Edward Rollins, scion of one of Boston's more notable families. A diligent but uninspired employee at one of the city's finest investment houses, he is a man of means -- and of secrets. Each night, armed with a hand-held tape recorder, he randomly picks a car and follows it to a destination, cataloging the habits and peculiarities of its driver. A harmless obsession.
But one night changes everything. Trailing a car to a remote suburb, Rollins follows it to a house that, he eerily realizes, was once frequented by his murdered cousin. Drawn into a mystery to which he unwittingly holds the key, he must unlock the secrets of his past to find the truth -- a search that could free him from his own dark house of despair.
A harrowing, tension-riddled literary thriller that echoes the storytelling power of Frederick Busch and Ian McEwan, "The Dark House" heralds the arrival of a major talent.
Praise for The Dark House…
“An inventive and original first novel.” -New York Times Book Review
“THE DARK HOUSE is a compelling story, wonderfully told. John Sedgwick is the real thing.” -Robert B. Parker, author of FAMILY HONOR and HUSH MONEY
“An ambitious thriller [that] methodically peels back New England’s upper crust.” -Publisher's Weekly
“Don’t read this book alone at night.” -GQ
“A wild ride through the dark side of Yankee families and their sexual secrets.... The quintessential Bostonian suspense novel.” -Boston magazine
“Fredrick Busch meets Blow-up in a nerve-shredding debut.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Unique and absorbing ... A spellbinding story of obsession, greed and redemption.” -Barnes and Noble, Discover Great New Writers, Summer 2000
“New and unexpected…marks Sedgwick as a writer to watch.” -New Orleans Times–Picayune