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 unburies (literally) the past in this unhinged mystery of revenge and redemption. Lottery-winning surfer Danny Teakwell seems to be living the dream, but he’s been hiding a terrible secret, punishing himself for two decades. Now he’s hit rock bottom. So he thinks. The ghost in his closet shows up at the reunion, launching him on a desperate race through the Sunshine State to save a missing woman, and his soul. The odds aren’t good. He has three days and his primary resources are a pill-popping lawyer, seven-year-old embalming expert, and twentieth-president James Garfield. Heart and dark humor combine with manic action and believable plot surprises.

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

Trained as, and the son of, a journalist, “Dorian Box” is a graduate school professor who loves to write. He’s the author of seven nonfiction books, one an Amazon Editors’ Favorite Book of the Year, and dozens of other publications, including scholarly works, magazine articles, humor pieces, and op-eds in national newspapers.

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

Box is currently polishing the manuscript for his second novel, The Hiding Girl, which advanced to the semifinals for the 2017 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize, the only unpublished adult manuscript to do so.  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 sweating it out until 2 a.m. in smoky dive bars.  Every show begins with Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones.

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