"Powerful...Enthrallling...A ferociously well-paced entertainment."THE NEW YORK TIMESRichard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another...a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life...and led to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning...."A smart, craftsman-like, viscerally compelling novel."TIMESelected by the Book-of-the-Month ClubA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKFrom the Paperback edition.