Chad Taylor

Chad Taylor is the author of the novels Departure Lounge, Electric, Shirker, Heaven and Pack of Lies. He was awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 2001 and the Auckland University Literary Fellowship in 2003. Heaven was made into a feature film by Miramax, and his novels and short stories have been translated into several languages. His most recent novel is The Church of John Coltrane.

"Smart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get." Washington Post "Enigmatic noir" Publishers Weekly "Effortlessly cool" GQ "Accomplished noir... clear and uncluttered"Time Out

THE CHURCH OF JOHN COLTRANE

THE CHURCH OF JOHN COLTRANE

"Ballade langoureuse [à nouveau situé dans la ville d'Auckland] qui s'interroge au passage sur les nouvelles mÏurs musicales, le nouvel opus de Chad Taylor dégage une atmosphère assez unique. Pas de doute, le Néo-Zélandais possède un son bien à lui." (Livres Hebdo). Read more....

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DEPARTURE LOUNGE

"New Zealand writer Chad Taylor plays with the crime/noir genre for his own philosophical purposes in an open-ended way that subverts reassuring convention... Taylor in effect has taken the not-knowing at the mystery genre's core and enshrined it, occupied its amorphous territory and made of it, as in this book's emotional peak, a luminous art." (Houston Chronicle) Read more....

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ELECTRIC

"First and foremost it is an accomplished noir thriller. Taylor has a fine feel for detail, a strong sense of how to build tension and his prose is clear and uncluttered, with mesmeric undertones. Noteworthy contemporary fiction." (Time Out) Read more....

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SHIRKER

"Imagine Raymond Chandler filing from New Zealand with a little help from Anne Rice and Jean-Paul Sartre, and you're still not close to imagining the oddity of this weird, wonderful novel. Taylor's structural instincts are so unerring and his tersely elegant language so seductive that the story never once falters - even as it morphs from a murder mystery into an exploration of passion and mortality." (Entertainment Weekly) Read more....

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HEAVEN

"An adroit stylist with a penchant for the eccentric and the grotesque. He relishes turning over literary stones and observing the creatures which scuttle out from under them." (North & South) Read more....

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PACK OF LIES

"Wonderfully urban... A formidable skill with words." (Evening Post) Read more....

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