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At First Light (Dr. Evan Wilding Book 1) by [Barbara Nickless]

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Editorial Reviews


An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

“Well-researched…” Kirkus Reviews

“[In] this intense psychological thriller…Evan and Addie race to prevent more bloodshed. Hints of a romantic relationship between the pair enliven the story, and references to Beowulf and Viking history add depth. Readers will hope to see more of Addie and Evan.” Publishers Weekly

“Brilliant Evan Wilding, with his goshawk and unusual friendships, will fascinate those who read for character.” Library Journal

At First Light is a winner.” Denver Post

“…a high intensity thriller that will take your breath away…Barbara Nickless is an awesome talent.” —Mysterious Book Report

“The moment I finished this intelligent and pulse-pounding psychological thriller, I was ready for Book Two…Dr. Evan Wilding is one of the most interesting fictional characters I’ve met in some time…Author Nickless’s prose is crisp and, at times, poetic. Her descriptions are vivid but balanced. I became immediately attached to her engaging and well-drawn characters. In some respects, At First Light is reminiscent of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I highly recommend this book to fans of fast-paced thrillers that include riddles, ancient languages and literature.” —Claudia N. Oltean, for the Jacksonville Florida Times-Union

At First Light is a stunner of a tale. Barbara Nickless has fashioned a deep exploration into moral depravity and the dark depths of the human soul in a fashion not seen since the brilliant David Fincher film SE7EN. This wholly realized tale is reminiscent of Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Scottoline at their level best.” —Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author

“Barbara Nickless has crafted a dark, twisty thrill ride with a bad guy to give you nightmares, and a pair of protagonists you will want to come back to again and again. Lock your doors and curl up with this book!” —Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boy

At First Light by Barbara Nickless is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long while. With unique and unforgettable characters who match wits with a devious, sophisticated and ritualistic serial killer, this complex and compelling story is as powerful as a Norse God and just as terrifying. I can’t wait for the next book in the series featuring Detective Addie Bisset and Dr. Evan Wilding! Bravo!” —Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

From the Publisher

When I first read Barbara Nickless’s latest mystery, I was blown away by the sharp prose, turbo-charged pace, and dynamic characters. At the forefront is Dr. Evan Wilding, an expert in semiotics, the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.

My background and passion have long been placed in mystery and thrillers, so I’ve been introduced to a lot of great fictional investigators—private eyes, police detectives, investigative journalists—but semiotics professor is new for me. With his charm, inquisitiveness, humor, and brilliance, Dr. Evan Wilding might be one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across yet.

When a murder victim is left with strange markings on his body at a ritualistic crime scene, Dr. Wilding is brought in to consult on the case. He soon finds himself delving into medieval languages, modern day Vikings, and cryptic messages from the killer. When another case follows, he realizes he is communicating in code with a serial killer.

At First Light, bestselling and award-winning author Barbara Nickless has created a spellbinding mystery that will keep readers guessing until its final page.

—Liz Pearsons, Editor

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B088R4TLHT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (December 1, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 1, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5564 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 395 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 15,075 ratings

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#1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Barbara Nickless promised her mother she’d be a novelist when she grew up. What could be safer than sitting at a desk all day? But a sense of adventure led her astray for a few decades. Now an award-winning author and creative writing instructor, she spends her free time snowshoeing, caving and hiking the Colorado Rockies. Connect with her at

Barbara's Books

At First Light (The Sparrow series Book 1 coming December 2021)

Sydney Parnell Series (in order)

Blood on the Tracks

Dead Stop


Gone to Darkness

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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not recommended- an elongated history lesson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing mystery for anyone interested in Viking mythology
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