Marisha Pessl reads from her new novel "Night Film"


From the bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics comes a brilliant, suspenseful literary thriller.



Night Film focuses on mysterious death of Ashley Cordova, daughter of the reclusive cult horror film director Stanislas Cordova. To Ashley, he was a father. To journalist Scott McGrath, he is the enemy.

“This summer’s Gone Girl: a completely absorbing literary thriller.”--Library Journal

“A literary mystery that’s also a page-turner . . . Night Film might be the most talked-about novel this summer.”—Time Out New York

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova--a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.


Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

Night Film will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.


Marisha Pessl’s bestselling debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and currently resides in New York City.


Book List

Night Film (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781400067886
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Random House, 8/2013

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