Bone-Chilling Books

August 11, 2014 | By Book Department

With all the melting ice caps, drones, concentration camps, murder, and intrigue pouring out on the table in this week’s selection, you may want to consider finding a cuddle buddy, that old night light, or a warm glass of milk—it is about to get very chilly. With your fear now effectively cast aside, delve into these bone-chilling summer reads that blur the line between fact and fiction, horror and wonder.


The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson (Le French Book, 2014)
In the glacial silence of the great north, a merciless war is being waged. Global warming, subsequent natural disasters, and a series of unsolved murders temporarily hide international rivalries. The future of humanity is at stake.

Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier (Minotaur Books, 2014)
One winter morning in the French Pyrenees, a group of workers discover the headless, flayed body of a horse, hanging suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. The DNA of one of the inmates from the nearby high-security asylum is found on the horse… 

The ParK by Bruce Bégout (Allia, 2010)
This philosophical thriller is set in a ParK, a condensed form of all existing “parks” imagined by mankind: a zoo, a theme park, a concentration camp, a refugee camp, a cemetery, a kindergarten, a botanical garden, a retirement home, an arboretum, a prison, and a business park. This neuro-architectural exploration promises to be one hell of a ride.

A Theory of the Drone by Grégoire Chamayou  (The New Press, December 2014)
Grégoire Chamayou applies the lens of philosophy to our understanding of how drones are changing our world. For the first time in history, a state has claimed the right to wage war across a mobile battlefield that potentially spans the globe. Remote-control flying weapons currently supported by the US, he argues, take us well beyond even George W. Bush’s justification for the war on terror.

The Conductor of Illusions by Metin Arditi (Roaring Forties Press, 2014)
This intricate psychological thriller glides through glittering concert halls and casinos, where the roulette wheel of adulation, manipulation, and rejection spins out of control. Can Kandilis, his illusions exposed and his life disintegrating, save himself from insanity?


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