The Wildfire Season is set in a distant outpost in the Yukon, buried deep within the last true wilderness of the North American continent. Both adventure and quest for belonging, the novel weaves three storylines - an ill-fated grizzly hunt, an uncontrollable forest fire ignited by human hands, and wrenching yet ultimately triumphant love affair - into a flame capable of both healing and scarring, turning some into heroes and others to ash.
HarperCollins Publishers, Canada, Fall 2005
HarperCollins Publishers, UK, Spring 2005
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, US, November 2006
Ambo-Anthos, The Netherlands, Fall 2005
A Globe and Mail Best Book (2005)
A Vancouver Sun Best Book (2005)
A Calgary Herald Best Book (2005)
"Stampeding narrative urgency...A fierce morality tale." -The New York Times
"Pyper is the Great White North’s answer to America’s Michael Connelly. The big difference between the two? 1) Connelly has written eight times as many books, and 2) Pyper’s new novel is better than most of them…With The Wildfire Season, Pyper takes a lit match to the emo-thriller formula and sends it up in smoke faster than flash paper…Literate, raw…searingly poetic. He succeeds in tracing the life-span and aftermath of tragedy…plumbing depths not normally explored in your average mystery novel.” -San Diego Union-Tribune
"Excellent pacing and credible characters...Pyper writes beautifully about the splendor and dangers of the wilderness.." -Publisher's Weekly "This novel's on fire...Andrew Pyper knows how to whirl a complex plot into motion...but exceeds the demands of the suspense-thriller genre." -The Globe and Mail
“An emotionally supercharged, darkly atmospheric novel in which the protagonist's anguish is almost palpable…In an industry that is increasingly acknowledging and embracing exceptional mystery and thriller authors from all over the world…Pyper is at the forefront. The profound and poetic beauty of this novel is in its understated complexity. Equal parts adrenaline-inducing thriller, redemptive spiritual journey, harrowing survival tale, and unlikely love story, The Wildfire Season deftly weaves symbolism and allegory into the narrative to create a profoundly moving work of literature that succeeds on numerous levels. Highly recommended.” -The Barnes & Noble Review
“The Wildfire Season is a terrific descriptive look at the dangers of the wilderness used as great background to a fine thriller. The fire scenes are superbly described so that the audience will feel the heat and peril facing heroes…A tense, graphic tale that hooks readers from start to finish.” -Midwestern Book Review
“Pyper’s ability to juggle multiple characters along with breakneck suspense is certain to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The Wildfire Season is a thriller that no reader can afford to miss.” -The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)
“In this powerhouse of a book, Pyper offers the reader one hell of an adventurous tale… At times beautiful and poignant, at others brutal and fierce, this one has all the necessary aspects needed to enthrall the reader from beginning to end. This stunning book of beauty and boldness should not be missed.” - New Mystery Reader
"A brilliant melding of mystery, suspense, survival...It's an irresistible force...A balance between narrative urgency and literary quality is hard to strike, but Pyper makes it look easy. It's powerful, absorbing reading from one of Canada's finest young writers." -The Vancouver Sun
"* * * * [Four stars out of four]." - Vrij Nederland (Holland)
"Outstanding...Pyper's pacing is impeccable. A captivating book." -The London Evening Standard (U.K.)
"The suspense is unremitting...Utterly gripping...The Wildfire Seasonis a great read." -Winnipeg Free Press
"Pyper proves to be a wickedly funny and astute observer of the human condition...The Wildfire Season is moving and utterly convincing." -Edmonton Journal
"Andrew Pyper has talent galore and sure hands, ratcheting up the suspense to the very end." -Stewart O'Nan, author of The Good Wife
"Andrew Pyper's rich new novel possesses all the attributes of the wildfire it describes -- headlong momentum and harrowing surprises. It is a rarity, a literary page turner, a bracing mix of physical adventure and astute psychological portraiture." -Guy Vanderhaeghe, author of The Last Crossing and The Englishman's Boy
Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of four internationally bestselling novels. Lost Girls (2000), won the Arthur Ellis Award, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and appeared on the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists. The Trade Mission (2002) was chosen by The Toronto Star as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, and The Wildfire Season (2005) was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Most recently, The Killing Circle (2009) was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. His forthcoming book, The Guardians, will be published worldwide in the spring of 2011.
Of Pyper’s five completed novels, four are in active development for feature film. He is attached as screenwriter to Lost Girls, which is being developed with producer Steve Hoban (Ginger Snaps, the forthcoming Splice starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley). The Wildfire Season is under option to producer Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie, the upcoming The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon), and The Killing Circle is set to go into pre-production for producer Charles Steel (Oscar-winning The Last King of Scotland) with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) attached to direct. The Guardians, Andrew’s new book, is already under option with producer Dan Levine, former VP of Production at Paramount.
In addition to his novels and film projects, Andrew is co-creator of The Creeps, a horror anthology television series in development at Space.
Andrew Pyper holds an Honours B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from McGill University, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto.