Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand is the sequel to Generation Loss and features Cass Neary an impulsive photographer who promises to be a protagonist who will supply a consistently compelling story.
The usual realm of Elizabeth Hand is in the Horror/Supernatural/Fantasy world but her foray into the Mystery/Crime genre has been met with wide acclaim - and rightly so. The writing is compelling and the characters are interesting in a far from expected or normal way.
Title: Available Dark
Author: Elizabeth Hand
Pages: 256 pp
Published Date: 2012
Main Characters: Cass Neary
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.
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|Amazon.com: "Available Dark follows Cassandra Neary, a damaged, self-destructive and somewhat washed-up art photographer, who first appeared in Hand's 2007 novel, Generation Loss. A novel with Neary as a protagonist is bound to be a wild ride. She's prone to sudden changes in direction, abruptly taking off for an isolated island off of Maine (in Generation Loss), or to meet a shady Finnish collector of death-obsessed photographs, or chase a long-lost friend/lover who might be in Iceland." Read the Amazon.com reviews here
Washington Post: "The worlds of death-obsessed photography and black metal music quickly converge in these pages, intersecting with aspects of Nordic history, myth and ritual. The immense popularity of Scandinavian crime fiction may have impelled Hand toward these climes, and some of the myth and ritual here seems dosed in a little didactically." Read full review
Thinking About Books: "This is the second book using the character of Cassandra Neary (Cass for short), the first being Generation Loss, set in Maine. However, there’s no need for you to have read the first. You can simply accept there’s a risk Cass may be accused of involvement in the death described and so finds it expedient to be unavailable for interview by law enforcement officers." Read full review
Criminal Element: "If you have a taste for noir, for gorgeous prose, or for simply wonderful novels, I highly recommend Available Dark." Read full review here