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MEDIA CONTACT
Rudy Martinez
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DEBUT
NOVEL
SMALLER AND SMALLER
CIRCLES
by
F.H. Batacan
Winner of the Philippine National Book Award | Winner of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award
Winner of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award
“You’ve been watching too many foreign movies, Father Saenz;
there are no serial killers in the Philippines.”
Winner of the Philippine National Book Award and considered the first Filipino crime novel, Smaller and Smaller Circles
(August 18, 2015 | Soho Crime) follows two Catholic priests on the hunt for a brutal serial killer in Manila’s notorious
Payatas dumpsite slum.
When the mutilated bodies of young boys begin to appear in the Payatas dumpsite—a rarely policed 50-acre landfill that
is home to thousands of desperately impoverished people—two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock
into their own hands. Father Gus Saenz has been a priest for three decades, but he is also a forensic anthropologist, one
of the few in the Philippines, and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a backup for
police efforts. Together with his protégé, Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist, Saenz races to track down the monster
preying on these boys before he kills again.
Conceived as a corrective measure to address the widely purported notion that there are no serial killers in the Philippines,
F.H. Batacan insists in her debut that overlooked, under-policed, impoverished communities are especially vulnerable to
violent crime and are often forced to seek justice outside of the over-burdened, corrupt state legal apparatus. This barbed
political critique combined with an unflinchingly gritty, breakneck plot makes Smaller and Smaller Circles a necessary
addition to the crime fiction genre.
Look inside this review copy for details on the genesis of F.H. Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles in its newly
expanded, novel-length form; an interview with F.H. Batacan and an extended biography of the author.
SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES • F.H. Batacan • Soho Crime • Hardcover
PUB DATE: August 18, 2015 • PRICE: $26.95 • 368 pages
ISBN: 9781616953980• eISBN: 9781616953977
Media Contact: Rudy Martinez • [email protected] • 212-260-1900 ext. 309
Praise for Smaller and Smaller Circles
Winner of the Philippine National Book Award
Winner of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award
Winner of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award
“Vivid, shocking, and utterly engrossing. F.H. Batacan’s police procedural with
its priest-PI lead opens a fascinating window on the Philippines.”
—Barry Lancet, Barry Award–winning author of Japantown and Tokyo Kill
“Holmes in holy orders... [Batacan] gives an incredible emotional force to an ending that is as artful as it is
lurid. Perfect for Baker Streeters looking for an engaging multicultural incarnation of their hero.”—Booklist
“A well-paced and plotted mystery and an intriguing look at the various social strata of the capital city of the
Philippines. The social issues raised by its location in a burgeoning, Catholic 21st-century metropolis are
explored in subtle detail.”—Library Journal
“A dirty, gritty police procedural with a good-guy detective, who also happens to be a Jesuit priest and a
forensic anthropologist . . . Satisfyingly paced, and crime-thriller gruesome.”—Time Out Beijing
“Moody, gripping, original, and utterly irresistible . . . A unique and necessary step in the evolution of
Philippine fiction.”—Citation for the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award
“A gripping read . . . A well-orchestrated, compact race against time.”—Philippine Daily Inquirer
“Horrifying pleasure . . . The Payatas dumpsite is now given an even more menacing air
as the setting for a series of gruesome murders . . . We are taken into the mind of a psychopath and we
realize, with a little shock of pleasure, that we understand just how it thinks. ”—Review Circle
About the Author
F.H. Batacan was born in Manila and graduated from the University of the Philippines with
a BA in communications and an MA in art history. After ten years of working in the Philippine
intelligence community, she turned to broadcast journalism. Smaller and Smaller Circles,
her first novel, won the prestigious Philippine National Book Award and is widely regarded
as the first Philippine crime novel.
SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES • F.H. Batacan • Soho Crime • Hardcover
PUB DATE: August 18, 2015 • PRICE: $26.95 • 368 pages
ISBN: 9781616953980• eISBN: 9781616953977
Media Contact: Rudy Martinez • [email protected] • 212-260-1900 ext. 309