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Thriller author Eric Rickstad talks about new novel at Phoenix Books

Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. — RUTLAND — On Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Eric Rickstad for a talk on his new novel “Lie in Wait,” an unforgettable thriller set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

In the remote, pastoral town of Canaan, Vt., a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens.

So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, detective Sonja Test believes the girl’s murder and the divisive case must be linked.

However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades, and learns that behind the town’s idyllic façade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And detective Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.

Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the novels “The Silent Girls,” “Lie in Wait,” and “Reap.” Lauded as intelligent, profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking, Rickstad’s morally complex novels have earned him praise as a master storyteller reinventing the mystery and crime genres. He lives in his home state of Vermont with his wife and children.

Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of “Lie in Wait” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, call 802-855-8078 or visit

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