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Nickolas Butler

Part morality tale, part mystery, a searing story of friendship, family and temptation.

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‘Mesmerising’ The Herald
‘Glorious’ Steph Cha
‘Tense and twisting’ Sunday Times

This was the house that would change their fortunes…

Best friends since childhood, Bart, Teddy and Cole run their own small-town construction company, True Triangle. When the mysterious Gretchen Connors, a millionaire lawyer from California, approaches them with a stunning, almost formidable house project in the mountains above town, the three friends convince themselves it’s the job which will change everything.

But in a world increasingly about the haves and have nots, how dangerous is it to dream big?

Critic Reviews

A slow-burning and mesmerising read.

The Herald, 'Best Books to read this summer'
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In this showdown between old ways and new money, Butler has produced both a finely tuned literary thriller and a portrait of small-town life as a Petri dish of hope and hubris.

Financial Times
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A tense and twisting tale of class conflict and battling buddies that ends in spectacular fashion.

Sunday Times (Crime Club)
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A study of male friendships, greed and the desire to make meaning.

Daily Mail
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NB Magazine
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The writing is careful, considered; the story allowed to gradually spool out while tension builds quietly and relentlessly. It’s only after the explosion – sudden, shocking – that you realise every word prior had led inevitably to that moment . . . Godspeed manages to deliver a credible kind of redemption without compromising the book’s vivid and deeply earned sense of environmental, elemental and emotional realism.

The Quietus

Nickolas Butler was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His award-winning debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, was an international bestseller and has been optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures and his acclaimed second novel, Hearts of Men, was a finalist for the 2016 Prix Médicis Etrangere. Butler graduated from the University of Wisconsin before attending the Iowa…

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