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Saint X

(2020)
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‘Hypnotic, delivering acute social commentary on everything from class and race to familial bonds and community . . . I devoured Saint X in a day.’ Oyinkan Braithwaite (author of My Sister, the Serial Killer), New York Times

Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister Alison vanishes from the luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X on the last night of her family’s vacation. Several days later Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men, employees at the resort, are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. It’s national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved, but for Claire’s family, there is only the sad return home to broken lives.

Years later, riding in a New York City taxi, Claire recognizes the name on the cab driver’s licence: Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. The fateful encounter sets her on an obsessive pursuit of the truth as to not only what happened on the night of Alison’s death, but the no less elusive question of exactly who was this sister she was barely old enough to know: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will uncover the truth, an unlikely intimacy develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by a tragedy.

Alexis Schaitkin’s Saint X is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that hurtles to a devastating end.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Saint X is hypnotic, delivering acute social commentary on everything from class and race to familial bonds and community, and yet its weblike nature never confuses, or fails to captivate. Schaitkin's characters have views you may not always agree with, but their voices are so intelligent and distinctive it feels not just easy, but necessary, to follow them. I devoured Saint X in a day." - Oyinkan Braithwaite

"A kaleidoscopic examination of race and privilege, family and self, told with the propulsive, kinetic focus of a crime thriller." - Chang-Rae Lee

"Richly atmospheric, by turns coolly satiric and warmly romantic, Alexis Schaitkin’s brilliant debut novel Saint X imagines a chorus of voices in the aftermath of the alleged rape/murder of a privileged American girl vacationing in an exotic Caribbean country. Part ’true-crime’ thriller and part coming-of-age novel narrated by the deceased girl’s younger sister, Saint X is irresistibly suspenseful and canny." - Joyce Carol Oates


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Hardback Editions

March 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-5290-1426-3 / 978-1-5290-1426-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2020 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Saint X (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-4328-7247-8 / 978-1-4328-7247-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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February 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Saint X: A Novel
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-250-21959-0 / 978-1-250-21959-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Celadon Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2021 : USA Paperback

Title: Saint X: A Novel
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-250-21957-4 / 978-1-250-21957-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Celadon Books
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-5290-1427-1 / 978-1-5290-1427-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Saint X (International Edition)
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-250-76037-2 / 978-1-250-76037-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan USA International ed
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Audio Editions

February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Picador
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February 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Picador
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February 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Picador
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February 2020 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-5290-4461-8 / 978-1-5290-4461-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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February 2020 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-5290-4462-6 / 978-1-5290-4462-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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February 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Saint X: A Novel
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
ISBN: 1-250-23975-3 / 978-1-250-23975-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Saint X: A Novel
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Saint X: A Novel
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Saint X: A Novel
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2020 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Picador
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February 2020 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Saint X
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Saint X: A Novel
Author(s): Alexis Schaitkin
Publisher: Celadon Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA