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7 Souls

7 Souls

co-written with Barnabas Miller
Random House/Delacorte · 2010

MWA 2011 Edgar Nominee

2011 Edgar© Nominee, "Best Novel" (Young Adult category)
Mystery Writers of America


Mary expects her seventeenth birthday to be blow-out memorable, courtesy of her best friends—fellow New York City prepsters Amy and Joon—and her doting boyfriend, Trick. Instead, the day starts badly and gets worse. Awakening in a mortifying locale, with a massive, unexplained hangover, Mary soon discovers that nobody at school is even aware of her birthday. As evening approaches, her paranoia grows. She just can’t shake the feeling that someone is out to get her—and, as it turns out, she’s right. By night’s end, her most insane fears are realized and she's murdered in cold blood. But death is just the beginning of Mary's ordeal. Her soul becomes trapped in a strange. unexplained limbo, as she re-lives the day of her death through the eyes of seven people—all of whom, she discovers, had plenty of reasons to hate her. As Mary explores the mysteries of her world, the secrets that were hidden in plain sight, she clings desperately to the hope that she can solve her own murder, change the past, and—just maybe—save her own life. With its blend of suspense, horror, fantasy and hip reality, 7 Souls is an adrenaline rush of a thriller.

The story continues at www.whatis7souls.com

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The Object Lesson

The Object Lesson

Simon & Schuster · 1993

The remarkable debut of an extraordinary new voice in American fiction, The Object Lesson is a romantic and disturbing journey through the troubled lives of affluent Manhattanites. When the solitary life of a young reporter is interrupted by news of a former friend's violent injury, their awkward reunion is the beginning of a baffling criminal investigation that will lead deep into the unfamiliar terrain of city politics, psychotherapy, and high fashion. The inexperienced journalist is soon cast back into the mercenary lives of his childhood acquaintances, who are burdened by a tragic secret. So begins a long journey across the dark landscape of the past—a remembrance of a forgotten summer, of a magnificent weekend in a New England coastal town, and of a single heartbreaking night that reveals that in the most fleeting of moments, the course of a life may be irrevocably changed. The Object Lesson is a stunning tour-de-force—a vibrant portrait of another lost generation and a haunting, beautiful story of spiritual redemption.

"Orlando's skill in orchestrating an elaborate plot is astonishing—and even more impressive is his narrative slight-of-hand."
—Miami Herald

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