Books by Charles Palliser

RUSTICATION by Charles Palliser
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Appropriately moody, lurid stuff but with plenty of plot cogwheels exposed."
A reprobate college student stands accused of a host of moral failings in an intensely gothic tale from Palliser (The Unburied, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
THE UNBURIED by Charles Palliser
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A complex puzzler, though the real story here, which is finely done even in its anachronistic 19th-century style, is the simple one of a decent man forced at last to open his eyes and take a good look around."
Palliser's penchant for riddles wrapped in enigmas (Betrayals, 1995, etc.) continues with a busy tale, set in a cathedral in the south of England, about an old recluse murdered for his money, and an old friendship that has seen better days. Read full book review >
BETRAYALS by Charles Palliser
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Palliser has produced a lark, a romp, an overripe encyclopedia of nonsense bound to appeal to the sort of literary gameplayers who'll find their own likenesses prominently displayed herein."
Palliser (The Sensationist, 1991, etc.) has found a new voice- -or rather a dozen of them—in this razzle-dazzle Chinese box of reflexivity. Read full book review >
THE SENSATIONIST by Charles Palliser
Released: June 1, 1991

"For short takes on sexual obsession, stick with Josephine Hart's Damage (p. 67) or Paul Theroux's Chicago Loop (p. 139)."
For this tale of sexual obsession, the author of last year's behemoth historical melodrama The Quincunx has slimmed down to 160 sparsely printed pages by the simple expedient of leaving out everything that might make his story worth telling. Read full book review >