Christopher J. Yates’ Black Chalk

August 20, 2015 – The Washington Post

‘Black Chalk’ review: A school game turns deadly by Dennis Drabelle

1“A circle of bright college friends who feed on one another’s cleverness and trump one another’s insults until the steady diet of cynicism ends in tragedy — this is the stuff of two fine first novels: Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History” (1992) and, now, Christopher J. Yates’s “Black Chalk.” Yates’s characters are even wittier than Tartt’s, but then, as undergraduates at Oxford University, they would be, wouldn’t they?”  2

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