Peter Farris


About The Author

Called a "fascinating southern noir gem" by Criminal Element and "a debut announcing a serious new talent" by Barnes & Noble, Peter Farris' first published novel Last Call for the Living appeared on numerous Best Of... lists, was a Reviewer Pick, a My Bookish Ways Top 5 Crime & Mystery Read and MysteryPeople's Favorite Debut of 2012. His next novel Ghost in the Fields (aka Le Diable En Personne) was published in France to great acclaim, winning the prestigious Le Prix 813 for Best Foreign Novel, Le Gran Prix du Roman Noir Etranger at the Beaune International Film Festival and shortlisted for the 2018 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.  The novel received starred reviews in Rolling Stone, Hebdo and Le Parisien, and was selected one of the best mysteries of the year by ELLE and L'OBS Magazine. A graduate of Yale University, Peter lives in Georgia.




*Trophée 813 du meilleur roman étranger 2018

*Prix du roman noir du festival de Beaune 2018

*Finaliste du Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2018

*A Best Mystery of the Year - L'OBS Magazine (France)

*Top Ten Thriller of the Year - ELLE Magazine (France) 

“Arid lands, loneliness, a strange friendship, Peter Farris’ second novel gives life to a singular world. Part Steinbeck in his way of associating misery and the beauty of the world, and like Lehane as a truth-teller for lost souls.”  - Julie Malaure, LE POINT

“The environment and the atmosphere are vital to the novel…with The Devil Himself, Peter Farris gives us a one-way ticket to south Georgia.” - Pascale Frey, ELLE

“A tough, dirty, thrilling page-turner.” - Marie Bronzini, FRANCE BLUE

Peter Farris, with his hard-hitting writing, has found his place among the elite of the current noir landscape.” - Yan Lespoux, MARIANNE

“From the very first page Farris sets the tone for a pulsing novel, a blaze akin to Jim Thompson and Larry Brown. The Devil Himself is a radical southern noir set to an infernal tempo.” 

- Philippe Blanchet, ROLLING STONE

“It's pure noir, modern, contemporary, effective, with superb characters and plot.” - Michel Dufranne, RTBF - LIVRÉS à DOMICILE 

The Devil Himself is a treat to the noir genre.” - Karen Lajon, LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE

“A violent and intense thriller.” - L'ALSACE

“We discover a beautiful friendship is at the heart of the novel, full of humanity yet nourished by violence.” - OUEST FRANCE

“A dark yet captivating story of redemption.” - Jean-Paul Guéry, LE COURRIER DE L'OUEST

“A great noir worth devouring!” - VIVRE À PARIS

“Very quickly we find ourselves bewitched by this "Devil"…a wild, enjoyable novel!” 

- Olivier Bureau, LE PARISIEN

“Peter Farris delivers a thrilling portrait of a violent and corrupt America.” - MONACO HEBDO

“With The Devil Himself, a powerful pen is born.” - Anne Lessard, LE TELEGRAM

“The coup de force of Gallmeister’s Neo-Noir collection, probing a wild, greedy and baroque America.” - Francois Angelier, FRANCE CULTURE

“A novel of magnetic force.” – LIBRAIRIE DE PARIS 


"Gritty and real, Last Call for the Living shows the dark side of rural Georgia's sketchy bars, trailers and snake-handling charismatic churches. As the cops and the villains work equally hard to find Hicklin, they showcase two very different sides of southern society. Readers along for the ride may be shocked and horrified, but never bored." 

— Shelf Awareness 

"A hair-trigger suspense builds throughout the tale and is given full release in the last third or so of the book, which includes one of the most hair-raising tableaus you are likely to encounter in this or possibly any other year (it takes place in a church) and an agonizingly suspenseful conclusion that you will want to read again and again. Throw in an enigmatic and haunting last paragraph, and you have a book that is going to be on the Top Ten list of anyone who reads it." 

— Bookreporter


"Last Call for the Living is a debut announcing a serious new talent." — Ransom Notes, The Barnes & Noble Mystery Blog 

"Those who savor violent action will welcome Farris’s debut, a bleak crime thriller." — Publishers Weekly 

"A raw and frantic race to an explosive finish in this gritty and fascinating southern noir gem." — Criminal Element 

"All this beautiful craft eventually leads to a hugely exciting climax followed by a denouement that’s one of the best I’ve read in a long, long time..." 

— Spinetingler Magazine 

"If you like your crime fiction gritty and fast paced, LAST CALL FOR THE LIVING marks the promising debut of Peter Farris." 

— Crimespree Magazine 

"Last Call for the Living is a debut that demands attention." — MysteryPeople 

"A novel this well seasoned, with the rich characterization, tight plotting and poetic prose doesn't happen very often with debut works. Even veteran authors would be hard pressed to outdo this." 

— Noir Journal 

"All I can say is that we'd better stand aside for this author. The novel is amazing, brilliantly written, as mesmerizing as I've recently experienced." 

— Over My Dead Body Mystery Magazine 

"I guarantee that there are characters and passages in this prime example of redneck noir that you will remember fifty years from now." 

— 20SomethingReads 




The Totem mass market paperback edition of LE DIABLE EN PERSONNE (featuring new cover art) will be published in France by Editions Gallmeister in July 2019. 


LE DIABLE EN PERSONNE has won France's LE PRIX 813 for Best Foreign Novel. 

JUNE 2018

LE DIABLE EN PERSONNE has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière

MAY 2018

French publisher Editions Gallmeister has acquired translation rights to THE CLAY EATERS. 

APRIL 2018

LE DIABLE EN PERSONNE wins Le Grand Prix du roman noir étranger at the Beaune International Film Festival.

MARCH 2018



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