Killing Pythagoras

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Marcos Chicot was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1971. He has a BA in clinical and occupational psychology as well as in economics. He wrote his first novel, Oscar, in 1997. In 1998, he wrote Gordon's Diary, which won the Francisco Umbral Award. Two years later, he wrote a novel for young readers that won the Rotary Club International Literary Award. He has been a finalist in short story and novel contests such as the Max Aub Award, the City of Badajoz Prize, the Juan Pablo Forner Award, and the Planeta Prize.

His novel Killing Pythagoras was the best-selling ebook in the Spanish speaking world in 2013. In 2015 Killing Pythagoras was singled out for the acclaimed Mediterranean Culture Award.

He donates ten percent of the profits from his books to NGOs for people with intellectual disabilities, and he is profoundly grateful to his readers for making this possible.

He has been married since 2007 and has two children: Lucía (2009) and Daniel (2012).

Find out more about the years he spent researching and writing Killing Pythagoras at "The Story Behind the Novel":

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Marcos Chicot nació en Madrid, España, en 1971. Es licenciado en Psicología Clínica, así como en Económicas y en Psicología Laboral. Escribió su primera novela -Óscar- en 1997. En 1998 escribió Diario de Gordon, con la que ganaría el Premio de Novela Francisco Umbral. Dos años más tarde escribió una novela juvenil que fue reconocida con el Premio Internacional Literario Rotary Club. Ha quedado finalista en premios de relato y de novela como el Max Aub, el Ciudad de Badajoz, el Juan Pablo Forner y el Premio Planeta.

Su novela El asesinato de Pitágoras fue el ebook en español más vendido del mundo en el año 2013. En 2015 ha sido galardonada con el prestigioso "Premio per la Cultura Mediterranea".

Destina el 10% de lo que obtiene con sus libros a ONGs para personas con discapacidad intelectual (y está profundamente agradecido a todos sus lectores por hacerlo posible).

Está casado desde el año 2007 y tiene dos hijos -Lucía (2009) y Daniel (2012)-.

Para más información relacionada con los años dedicados a El asesinato de Pitágoras, se puede leer "La historia detrás de la novela" aquí:

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Killing Pythagoras

Authored by Marcos Chicot
Edited by Anne Crawford
Translated by Anamaría Crowe

10% to NGOs #1 BESTSELLING EBOOK IN THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD IN 2013-2016 Finalist for the Planeta Prize, the most valuable literary award after the Nobel Prize for Literature (€601,000 / $700,000) "Best Historical Thriller of the year."—novelas-historicas NOTE TO THE 2016 EDITION: Thanks to the novel's historical accuracy and its international success, the city of Crotone—where Pythagoras carried out his remarkable life's work—invited Marcos Chicot to visit in May 2015 and honoured him with the distinction Encomio Solenne for "having given new life to the figure of Pythagoras". Several months later, the novel was again singled out, this time for the acclaimed Mediterranean Culture Award. The author traveled to Italy in October 2015 to accept this prestigious prize. What began as a self-published novel, the attempt of a father to ensure a future for his daughter with Down Syndrome, turned into an overnight publishing sensation. Within a year it was the top-selling ebook in Spanish in the world. Soon afterwards, the paper version became one of the most notable literary events of recent years: a unique novel, highly praised by readers and critics alike, and an extraordinary phenomenon that has been published in twenty countries so far and continues to grow. Synopsis: The venerable philosopher Pythagoras, one of the most powerful political figures of his time, is preparing to name a successor from among his grand masters when a string of murders rocks the Pythagorean community. The killings, each more baffling and unpredictable than the last, gradually unveil the workings of a dark and powerful mind, more formidable than that of Pythagoras himself. Egyptian investigator Akenon and the enigmatic Ariadne work to identify the murderer while at the same time coming to terms with their own tumultuous relationship. The challenge they face is one in which the ghosts of the past are interwoven with the sinister threats of the present: a challenge from which it seems impossible they will escape alive. Killing Pythagoras, based on real-life historical events, will plunge readers into an apparently unsolvable mystery. Readers will unearth cryptic clues and come face to face with some of the most unnerving characters ever to appear in the pages of fiction: Glaucus the Sybarite, the gruesome Boreas, the vengeful Cylon, and above all, the mysterious stranger who wields his prodigious capabilities to sow death. “Crime, mystery, and romance in a fast-paced action novel.”—Historia National Geographic “Maximum excitement and fun; [the author] achieves a compelling mix of strong elements.”—Onda Cero Radio “A fast-paced historical thriller that transports us to the cradle of civilization among intrigues and passion.”—La Vanguardia “An edge-of-your-seat narrative driven by suspenseful action, it succeeds in creating a tense atmosphere in the face of the deadly threat that attempts to destroy the main characters.”—Qué Leer “The meticulous detail with which the era is recreated gives the novel incredible realism.”—Adivina Quién Lee “…it has all the ingredients necessary in a book to hook you: crime, mystery, love, action… I loved it!”—Marianleemaslibros
About the Author
Marcos Chicot has won many literary prizes, including the Mediterranean Culture Award, the Francisco Umbral Prize for a Novel and the Rotary Club International Literary Award for a Novel. He was also a finalist for the Max Aub Award, the Juan Pablo Forner Prize, the Ciudad de Badajoz Award and the Planeta Prize. His novels include Killing Pythagoras (Mediterranean Culture Award 2015) and Lord of Minds (2014). He donates 10% of the proceeds from his books to NGOs for people with disabilities.

Publication Date:
1494740257 / 9781494740252
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Thrillers

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