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, shortlisted for the 2018 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and named a finalist for Le Prix SNCF du Polar 2020.  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. Also published in France by Éditions Gallmeister, his new novel The Clay Eaters debuted at #14 on the Palmarès Livres Hebdo des libraires 2019 and was recently shortlisted for le prix Libr'à Nous 2020.  A graduate of Yale University, Peter lives in Georgia. 




*Finalist - Le prix Libr'à Nous 2020

"Peter Farris may be the only writer working who is writing books I wish I could steal for my own. And The Clay Eaters is my favorite of them all.” 

- Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike, Cry Father, Evasion, and co-author (with Charlie Louvin) of Satan Is Real

"The Clay Eaters will have you falling forward from the first page, a novel that rolls across the hillsides and is as lovely and heartbreaking as a Georgia sunset. Peter Farris knows his people, all the way to the core."

- Michael Farris Smith, award-winning author of Blackwood, The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers

"Peter Farris returns with a wild, explosive and overwhelming novel that left us breathless. Farris probes the human soul with unique talent and describes the natural world with incomparable poetry. Another stroke of the master and an unmissable voice in American literature!"

- Librairie Montbarbon

In the lineage of John Steinbeck and Ron Rash, Peter Farris masters with style the timeless themes of betrayal, duplicity, wandering and redemption. An author to discover!" 

- Librairie Dialogues 

"The Clay Eaters is a novel that presents all the qualities of the best Southern Gothic." 

- Bernard d'Epenoux, Télé Z Magazine

  Exsudant de moiteur sudiste, Les Mangeurs d'argile, troisième roman de l'auteur du Diable en personne (Trophée 813 du meilleur roman étranger 2018, Prix du roman noir du festival de Beaune 2018) est un roman noir violent dont quelques lueurs d'humanité percent la chape de plomb


"The Deep South in all its suffocating splendor...a powerful narrative of loss, betrayal and friendship." 

- Frantz Hoëz, L'OBS

"Farris affirms himself as a major writer of Southern Fiction." 

- Lionel German, SUD OUEST

 "Complex characters, endearing or repulsive, and a rhythmic intrigue...Peter Farris delivers a powerful new novel." 

- Jean-Marie Wynants, LE SOIR



*Trophée 813 du meilleur roman étranger 2018

*Prix du roman noir du festival de Beaune 2018

*Finaliste du Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2018

*Official Selection - Le Prix SNCF du Polar 2020

*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.”


“A violent and intense thriller.” 


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


“A dark yet captivating story of redemption.” 


“A great noir worth devouring!” 


“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.” 


“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.” 




"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 




Peter will be attending the 16th edition of Quais du Polar in Lyon, France. The international crime fiction festival takes place April 3-5, 2020 and will feature John Grisham, Don Winslow, George Pelecanos, Lisa Gardener, Craig Johnson as well as dozens of award winning and bestselling mystery authors. 


Le Diable En Personne has been selected as a finalist for LE PRIX SNCF DU POLAR 2020

The Clay Eaters has been shortlisted for Prix Libr'à Nous 2020.  


THE CLAY EATERS hits bestseller list in France, coming in at #14. From Editions Gallmeister: 


La Vie en chantier de Pete Fromm et Les Mangeurs d'argile de Peter Farris se placent aux 6e et 14e positions du Palmarès Livres Hebdo des libraires 2019.


A French book and festival tour promoting THE CLAY EATERS will begin 9.13.19 --> From Editions Gallmeister:

Peter Farris sera au festival Le Livre sur la Place (Nancy) du 13 au 15 septembre 2019, et au festival Livres dans la Boucle (Besançon) du 21 au 22 septembre.

Une tournée en librairies est également prévue :

- le 13 septembre à la librairie La Tâche noire à Strasbourg

- le 17 septembre à la librairie des Volcans à Clermont-Ferrand

- le 18 septembre à la librairie Montbarbon à Bourg-en-Bresse- le 19 septembre à la librairie Grangier à Dijon

- le 20 septembre à la librairie 47 Degrés Nord à Mulhouse

July 2019

French Festival Appearances: Peter will be an attending author at the 41st Le Livre Sur La Place in Nancy and Livres dans la Boucle in Besançon.


MAY 2019

The French edition of THE CLAY EATERS will be published by Éditions Gallmeister on 8.22.19


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. 




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