Critically acclaimed author Graham Joyce returns with a sexy, suspenseful,and slightly supernatural novel set 1976 England during the hottest summer in living memory, in a seaside resort where the past still haunts the present.
David, a college student, takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family . . . because it was at this resort where David's biological father disappeared fifteen years earlier. But something undeniable has called David there.
A deeper otherworldliness lies beneath the surface of what we see. The characters have a suspicious edge to them . . . David is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child . . . and the resort is under siege by a plague of ladybugs. Something different is happening in this town.
When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn more and more menacing. And through it all, David feels as though he is getting closer to the secrets of his own past.
This is a darkly magic and sexy book that has a strong suspense line running through it. It's destined to continue to pull in a wider circle of readers for the exceptionally talented Graham Joyce.
About Graham Joyce
Graham Joyce, a winner of the O. Henry Award and multiple recipient of the British Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England, with his family. His books include How to Make Friends with Demons, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book), and Requiem, among others.
"While many writers find it convenient to create entire fantasy worlds for their magic, there are others who specialize in discovering the hidden magic in our own lives, and one of the best of these is Graham Joyce....[The Ghost is the Electric Blue Suit]'s real magic lies in its flawless evocation of a disappeared era, and the sense of almost apocalyptic dislocation provided by the heat, the swarming insects and — on a darker note — the increasingly disturbing political atmosphere of late '70s England.
“This novel’s characters, major, minor, and in-between, are as finely formed and evenly wound as Joyce’s readers have come to expect…Vivid…a voyage of inwardly directed discovery filled with grubbiness and poignancy, elation and regret. [A] nearly perfect book…Like a poem, every one of this book’s parts play off each other; like an unforgettable refrain of days gone by.”
--The Seattle Times
“Joyce has built a cult following…If he keeps writing books as engrossing as [The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit], Joyce might enjoy a transition from cult following to full-blown religion among a legion of readers. He certainly deserves it.”
"What's the line between falsehood and fantasy? Between fear and horror? Between other worlds and the ones we carry inside our heads? Graham Joyce has been asking — and brilliantly answering — these questions for years...Joyce has written a jewel of a novel that blends gentle nostalgia, Bildungsroman angst, and a glimpse of the dark, unreal places where loss and memory mingle...Unearthly, but it's also wonderfully funny...His prose is exquisite."
"Beautiful, available women; ugly racist shenanigans; haunting apparitions. They all come with a college student’s summer job in this marvelously juicy entertainment from the British fantasist [Graham Joyce]… Joyce folds [the] supernatural element gracefully into a realistic coming-of-age work that is also an evocation of a vanishing subculture….There’s so much to enjoy here, from the fake stage magic of a woman sawn in half to the real magic of a gifted professional at work."
“Joyce expertly captures a certain time and place, when family resorts were fading out and political extremism was on the rise, overlaying his snapshot with a subtle hint of the supernatural.”
“Joyce is a master of dialogue and character…his sweltering summer escapades make for a terrific and absorbing read.”
“Really scary … erotic and darkly supernatural.”
– Library Journal
"In The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, Joyce weaves a bizarre, colorful story, full of nostalgia, indecision, emotion and tension, and this genre-spanning novel is sure to be a favorite of fantasy, suspense and thriller fans."
“Joyce's most remarkable achievement is the tense atmosphere of this slim and haunting novel, simultaneously dreamy and chilling….An entrancing fantasy of a young man's search for past and future in a single summer of change.”
--Shelf Awareness (Starred review)
“Graham Joyce deftly paints the environment and loads it up with a host of characters, each one more surprising than the last….The pages fly by as quickly as the sun-drenched summer days of youth, leaving in their wake the feeling of having added David’s memories of his wild summer at the beach to our own consciousness.”