• SAME CHARACTER AS THE RIVER: The Guide is a stand-alone novel, fully satisfying in its own right, but takes Jack, the survivor from Heller’s previous novel, and sets him a year in the future. This should be appealing for fans, but no barrier for new readers.
• SALES FOR THE RIVER: The River is Heller’s biggest seller since The Dog Stars, selling more than 100,000 copies to date.
• DOG STARS PLUS: While The Guide is not dystopia, the book is set in our near future where variations of COVID-19 continue to plague humanity, and elements of this new world permeate the plot.
• FILM NEWS: The River has been optioned for film by Amazon with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth and his son Jeff Roth adapting the script.
An AARP Hot New Novel for Summer
A Veranda Magazine Best Book of Summer
A LitHub Most Anticipated Book of 2021
"Riveting... A chilling reminder of the dangers that might lie in wait for us all."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Heller presents another brilliantly paced, unnerving wilderness thriller paired with an absorbing depiction of a remote natural paradise. … Masterful evocations of nature are not surprising, given Heller’s award-winning nonfiction about his own outdoor experiences, while his ability to inject shocking menace into a novel that might otherwise serve as a lyrical paean to nature is remarkable."
"Heller’s lush descriptions of fishing and river country are matched with a riveting, surprising mystery that captures the difference between the filthy rich and everyone else. The novel’s speculative approach to the lingering effects of Covid-19 is frightening in its subtlety and one of the book’s special charms. Readers looking for a credible couple and a story of redemption will love this."
"Fisherman’s noir isn’t a genre, but maybe it should be... This is an unconventional mystery, an unconventional romance, and an unconventional adventure, creepy and spiritual in equal measure... The author clearly knows his way around a river; the long, descriptive passages create a vivid sense of place and action... By the time Jack and Alison encounter a young woman running down the road in a hospital gown in a scene right out of the sinister noir Kiss Me Deadly, they’re in too deep, and they’re too curious, to quit the dangerous puzzle before them. You might feel the same. There's danger at the end of the line in this unconventional mystery."
"Peter Heller is the poet laureate of the literary thriller, and The Guide offers further proof for the case. Powered by Heller's trademark prose, which alternately thunders and eddies like his beloved western rivers, this sinister and soulful story unfurls so skillfully that it's easy to ignore all the layers beneath—but you shouldn't. Heller writes about the eternal questions and the exquisite details, and he knows the places where they intersect in the human heart and the natural world."
—Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead
"Peter Heller’s riveting thriller is set in the American wilderness, but the threats gathering around Jack, the young fishing guide of the title, come from man, not nature... Unnerving... A chilling reminder of the dangers that might lie in wait for us all."
—Connie Ogle, Minneapolis Star-Tribune