Psycho-Tropics book

“A twisted, dark mystery with heart and humor”

“Completely unpredictable.”

“It’s got it all: action, humor, pulse-raising suspense, pathos and warmth.”

“Lots of writers have stories to tell—but can’t. Box has stories to tell—and can.”

“I thought this was going to be a typical Florida crazy book … what a huge surprise … Great story and great characters, well told and believable.”

Psycho-Tropics book

“A twisted, hilarious mystery with heart”

“Completely unpredictable.”

“It’s got it all: action, humor, pulse-raising suspense, pathos and warmth.”

“Lots of writers have stories to tell—but can’t. Box has stories to tell—and can.”

“I thought this was going to be a typical Florida crazy book … what a huge surprise … Great story and great characters, well told and believable.”

A high school reunion in a South Florida town unburies the past (literally), launching a washed-up, lottery-winning surfer with a terrible secret on a twisted race through the Sunshine State to save a missing woman, and his soul. Heart and dark humor combine with manic action and plot twists in this unhinged tale of revenge and redemption, where everyone has something to hide and nothing is what it seems.

Psycho-Tropics Reviews

Writers Digest“Marrying humor with suspense is not easy, but it comes across masterfully … A truly enjoyable read.” — Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

kirkus-reviews“An engaging thriller with plenty of humor, good characterization, and a memorable villain …” — Kirkus Reviews

publishersweekly“A genuinely creepy sadist is the high point of Box’s dark thriller set in Florida in 1995.” — Publishers Weekly

indie-reader-seal-of-approval-for-psycho-tropics-400x340“Clues are tossed out like bait, twisting and turning the storyline along … The characters are brilliantly constructed … The dark humor serves to lessen the tension in all the right ways before it heightens again … Effortlessly captures the wonderful eccentricities of life in South Florida ….” — IndieReader (Official Seal of Approval).” — IndieReader

surfer-dad-ukPsycho-Tropics is like riding Pipeline with a hangover. It’s jaw dropping, heart thumping and addictively exhilarating, but with a hint of disorientation, dizziness and an unsettled stomach. But by the end you’ll be smiling ear to ear and bursting to tell your mates how good it was.” — Andrew Norton, Surfer Dad UK

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About Dorian Box

“Dorian Box” is a college professor with eight nonfiction books to his credit, one of which was named an Amazon Editors’ Favorite Book of the Year.

Psycho-Tropics, his first novel, received a 2015 Writer’s Digest Award in Genre Fiction, the judge saying, “Marrying humor with suspense is not easy, but it comes across masterfully. … A truly enjoyable read.”  Kirkus called it “[a]n engaging thriller with plenty of humor, good characterization, and a memorable villain ….”  Read reviews.

Box recently completed his second novel, The Hiding Girl (and is currently seeking representation for it).  The manuscript was named a semifinalist for the 2017 Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize, where it received near perfect scores (9.5/10).  The Critic’s Report described The Hiding Girl as:

“[A]n exceptional, heart-pounding story full of raw emotion, deep-seated fear, and an undercurrent of hope and innocence. … Deeply atmospheric … without peer in contemporary mysteries/thrillers … calls back to movies like The Professional and Disney’s The Journey of Natty Gann while being wholly and freshly contemporary. Watching the characters evolve … was absolutely amazing. Subtle nuances … guided the reader into horrified admiration and a desire to protect them all.”

In his regular life (DB is a pen name), Box has received awards for both teaching and research, written thousands, possibly millions, of scholarly footnotes, and been interviewed by National Public Radio, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other sources.

As a hobby, Box sings and plays guitar in a rock cover band that earns tens of dollars playing until 2 a.m. in smoky dive bars.

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