The Peruvian Book of the Dead

A Novel

It’s been fifteen years since Brisdon vanished into thin air…” 

So begins a story that will take you from post-war Scotland to the art-world of London and New York, across the Peruvian countryside during the rise of Shining Path, and to a secluded Ontario summer resort during its darkest hours.

The Peruvian Book of the Dead weaves four separate narratives into a single tale of mystery, love, and horror as it examines the effects of guilt and regret, secrets and lies, and shows us how the enigma of the heart will ultimately reveal its mysteries.



Born in Toronto, I studied visual arts and media writing at Sheridan College in Oakville. After that, I worked at many jobs, from an apprenticeship as film-festival coordinator at Toronto Harbourfront to senior policy analyst with the federal government in Ottawa, writing policy and speeches for deputy ministers.

At heart I have always been a writer: I wrote a screenplay that was considered for production, had a stage play workshopped in Toronto, published poetry in the literary magazine Waves, and co-wrote and edited an oral history on the war years in Canada called The Home Front.

Becoming a published author of fiction has been my most challenging and rewarding accomplishment. The Peruvian Book of the Dead is my first novel.


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The Peruvian Book of the Dead

“Part mystery, part love story, part horror story, this debut novel lingers like a vivid dream.”

  • Kirkus Reviews


“…The Peruvian Book of the Dead stands as an exceptionally well-crafted and highly recommendable novel that showcases the emergence of a talented new voice in literary fiction.”

  • Literary Titan

“A twisty, dreamlike tale of love, tragedy, and mystery…The blend of timeless love, tragedy, and sociopolitical themes that Florschutz draws from makes this a revelatory novel that will stick with readers long after the last page.”

  •  The BookLife Prize

“Author Roger J. Florschutz has crafted a novel with an incredible genre blend that leaves no stone unturned, taking his four separate narratives and creating an intricately penned story that will stick with you long after you close the cover.”

  • Readers’ Favorite

“…a capable and talented writer…”

  • New Star Books

“The book shows us human cruelty, true love, family relationships, and more. It is a tangled story with surprises in every chapter. According to the author, Roger J. Florschutz, the novel “The Peruvian Book of the Dead” is his first. And I can call his debut successful! It was hard for me to put this book down until its end.”

  • Online Book Club

“The Peruvian Book of the Dead is a very fine novel: a very compelling story…”

  • Coach House Press

More Reviews by Readers

a capable and talented writer…” – New Star Books, Vancouver
“The Peruvian Book of the Dead is a very fine novel: a very compelling story…” – Coach House Press, Toronto

Past Events

MONDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2023 – 7:00 P.M.


Perfect Books, 258 Elgin Street, Ottawa (613) 231-6468

On November 20th a great crowd joined me at Perfect Books in Ottawa to listen to my story on writing The Peruvian Book of the Dead. Copies were signed and sold. Thanks to all who participated and to Jim Sherman, owner of the book store for hosting the event.