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Author: M. L. Rio Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781427286451
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“Much like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, M. L. Rio’s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession...If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.”
--Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.

Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words.

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  • “Much like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, M. L. Rio’s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession…If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.”

    Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Nerdily (and winningly) in love with Shakespeare…Readable, smart.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A well-written and gripping ode to the stage…A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth…Will draw readers in and leave them pondering the weight of our biggest actions and their consequences.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “A tale worthy of the Bard himself…ending in one final, astonishing twist.”

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  • “Narrator Robert Petkoff, a consummate actor himself, delivers a compelling performance of Rio’s literary thriller…This story doesn’t just dabble in the Bard. Shakespeare’s words are woven throughout the narrative itself, not only during performance scenes but also during moments of private conversations, enhancing the intrigue…Petkoff skillfully delivers the rising tension that leads to a shattering conclusion.”

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About the Author

M. L. Rio, novelist, has worked in bookstores and theaters for years and is pursuing her MA degree in Shakespeare studies at King’s College London.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff is an actor and audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.