The new novel by award-winning author PETER FARRIS. Published in France to critical acclaim, THE DEVIL HIMSELF was an ELLE Magazine Best Mystery of the Year, won Le Prix 813, Best Foreign Novel at the Beaune Film Festival, and was an official selection for the prestigious Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.
Called a “serious new talent” by Barnes & Noble, Peter Farris is the award-winning author of Last Call for the Living, The Clay Eaters and the forthcoming novel The Devil Himself. Published in France to critical acclaim, The Devil Himself won Le Prix 813, Best Foreign Novel at the Beaune International Film Festival, was an official selection for the prestigious Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and named a finalist for Le Prix SNCF du Polar. Among other accolades the novel received starred reviews in Rolling Stone, Hebdo and Le Parisien, and was picked one of the best mysteries of the year by ELLE and L'OBS Magazine. Also published in France by Éditions Gallmeister, his new novel The Clay Eaters was praised in Le Monde, debuted on the Palmarès Livres Hebdo des libraires Bestseller List, selected a Bookseller Best of the Year by Palmarès Livres Hebdo, was shortlisted for le prix Libr'à Nous 2020 and is a finalist for the 2021 Le Prix Lire En Poche. In 2022, Arcade Crimewise published The Devil Himself in English worldwide and a new novel will be released in France next year. Peter lives with his family in Georgia.
"[A] riveting crime novel...Narrow escapes, violent encounters, and deep Southern culture shape this into an exciting tale. Noir fans will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly
“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 fair to say Farris was one of my original inspirations to become a writer...and remains to this day one of the single best crime writers I’ve ever read.” - Brian Panowich, bestselling author of Bull Mountain, Like Lions, and Hard Cash Valley
"Learn for yourself what French readers have known for a while now: Peter Farris is a master of hard-nosed Southern noir, a true heir to Larry Brown, Harry Crews, and Tom Franklin. The Devil Himself thunders off the page with beautiful writing and a killer sense of place. It's urgent, triumphant, and unflinching." - William Boyle, author of Shoot the Moonlight Out and City of Margins
“The Devil Himself is a sharp take on a southern gothic fairytale — extra dark and cathartic, just the way I like them.” - Louisa Luna, author of the Alice Vega novels
"This is The Good the Bad and the Ugly on nitrous, Peter Farris has written a southern gothic barn-burner...an epic tale of greed, drug running, redemption and justice." - Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana, Donnybrook, The Savage and Back to the Dirt
"Peter Farris's intimate knowledge of the south shines through in The Devil Himself, a bristling novel that exposes the ever-widening gap between old ways and new, the country and the city, and how far some will go to protect what they love. Buckle up and let Brother Farris take you straight into the heart of Trickum County, a wild ride you won't soon forget."
- Eli Cranor, author of Don't Know Tough