Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand
A Crime Novel

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Available Dark is a powerful book. It’s written with a wonderful eye for detail. However, I have serious reservations about the credibility and coherence of the plot, and I’m not convinced by the moral equivalence of the context for the action. I would rate it as a brilliant failure. The writing is wonderful but. . .
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"A skin-blistering crime novel, as edgy and black as dried blood on a moonlit night."

--Robert Crais

Elizabeth Hand's writing honors include the Shirley Jackson Award, the James Tiptree Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and many others. Now, this uniquely gifted storyteller brings us a searing and iconoclastic crime novel, in which photographer Cass Neary, introduced in the underground classic Generation Loss, finds herself drawn into the shadowy world of crime in Scandinavia's coldest corners.

As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk to Cass about a mysterious death she was involved with previously, but before they can bring her in, Cass accepts a job offer from overseas and hops on a plane.

In Helsinki, she authenticates a series of disturbing but stunning images taken by a famous fashion photographer who has cut himself off from the violent Nordic music scene where he first made his reputation. Paid off by her shady employer, she buys a one-way ticket to Reykjavik, in search of a lover from her own dark past.


But when the fashion photographer's mutilated corpse is discovered back in Finland, Cass finds herself sucked into a vortex of ancient myth and betrayal, vengeance and serial murder, set against a bone-splintering soundtrack of black metal and the terrifying beauty of the sunless Icelandic wilderness. In this eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning Generation Loss, Cass Neary finds her own worst fears confirmed: it's always darkest before it turns completely black.

 

About Elizabeth Hand

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ELIZABETH HAND, a New York Times notable author, has written eight novels andseveral short-story collections. She has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the James TiptreeAward, the Nebula Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award (three times), and many others.Her novella, “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” was recently nominated fora Hugo Award. Hand is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the WashingtonPost Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 257 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Mar 01 2012

Available Dark is a powerful book. It’s written with a wonderful eye for detail. However, I have serious reservations about the credibility and coherence of the plot, and I’m not convinced by the moral equivalence of the context for the action. I would rate it as a brilliant failure. The writing is wonderful but. . .

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