The Midnight Promise

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A literary detective story ingeniously told in ten cases. John Dorn is a classic gumshoe. His woman has left him, he lives in his office, and he drinks too much. His one friend, a lawyer named Demetri, hands Dorn an infinite supply of hopeless cases and lost causes, to which Dorn, ever the champion of the underdog and the oppressed, is drawn to “as a sledgehammer is to a kneecap.” A superlative work of hardboiled literary detective fiction, The Midnight Promise wonderfully evokes the underbelly of contemporary ...

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A literary detective story ingeniously told in ten cases. John Dorn is a classic gumshoe. His woman has left him, he lives in his office, and he drinks too much. His one friend, a lawyer named Demetri, hands Dorn an infinite supply of hopeless cases and lost causes, to which Dorn, ever the champion of the underdog and the oppressed, is drawn to “as a sledgehammer is to a kneecap.” A superlative work of hardboiled literary detective fiction, The Midnight Promise wonderfully evokes the underbelly of contemporary Melbourne, its battlers, its hard men, its victims, and its ill-fated heroes.

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Publishers Weekly
Melbourne PI John Dorn declares, in the prologue of Australian author Lovitt’s powerful hard-boiled debut, “You don’t make promises to do what I do.” He goes on to do just that over the course of 10 chapters, each involving a separate case. The cases get progressively more disturbing, both in terms of their subject matter, which include gruesome torture, and their impact on Dorn, a classic world-weary narrator (“I was parked in a narrow, forgotten kind of alley that’s really an abyss between tall buildings, where it’s still raining 20 minutes after it’s stopped everywhere else”). The title refers to a kind of promise, according to Dorn’s mother, “made to get what you wanted, not one you actually ever kept.” For Dorn, the promise is that his crime stories not be about him, and it takes until the very end for the reader to assess what he wanted in making it. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609451332
  • Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 962,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Zane Lovitt’s stories have been featured in Scribe’s New Australian Stories 2 and in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. “Leaving the Fountainhead” won the SD Harvey Short Story Award at the 2010 Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime fiction. He lives in Melbourne.

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