Available Dark (Cass Neary Series #2)

Available Dark (Cass Neary Series #2)

by Elizabeth Hand
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Available Dark (Cass Neary Series #2) by Elizabeth Hand

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312585945
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Series: Cass Neary Series , #2
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

ELIZABETH HAND, a New York Times notable author, has written eight novels and several short-story collections. She has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the James Tiptree Award, 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 for a Hugo Award. Hand is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.

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Available Dark: A Thriller 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an accomplishment is this. Elizabeth Hands Cass Neary is a modern day Frankenstein's monster, at once repellent, but somehow gorgeously grotesque. Can't wait to see where Hand takes us next. Bravo.
cleroy More than 1 year ago
Hand always provides a compelling and unique point of view. Cass Neary is a rare narrator indeed-- dark, barely sympathetic and yet fascinating and believable.. I couldn't put it down.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This novel isn’t one that defies description, exactly, but it does make it difficult. Its tone is bleak throughout, perhaps in keeping with the geographical landscape, made palpable by the author’s gorgeous writing. The plot is not complex, but that is not the crux of the book, which is the haunting quality of its beautiful prose. Cass Neary is a photographer with a moribund career, a woman prone to night terrors, who still indulges in her long-time near-addiction to alcohol and drugs of various kinds, from “speed” to crystal meth [about which I learned more than I ever wanted to know as to its effects on the human body, and mind] and everything in between. Nearly six feet tall, she is self-described as “a burned-out, aging punk with a dead gaze, a faded tattoo, and a raw red scar beside one eye.” The story takes her to the streets and highland areas of, respectively, Helsinki, where she is told “the entire country’s unemployed and on the verge of a psychotic breakdown,” and Reykjavik [also in dire straits, where there can be snow in August and where, she is told, “everything is an illusion”], trying to track down a long-lost friend/lover from her high school days of thirty years ago, and in an attempt to evade both the police and a murderer. Cass leaves the Lower East Side of Manhattan after receiving a lucrative job offer: to confirm the existence of, and authenticate, a group of photos depicting ritual killings, still photos which could have started life in a snuff film, something called “murderabilia.” There is much discussion about the photographer’s technique of using only available light, the converse of which gives rise to the title. Nordic, Viking and Icelandic religions and myths play a large part in the story line. We are told of “ghosts that didn’t know they were dead,” and there is a quote from the sagas of the region: “Death will claim no man until his time has come, and nothing will save a man who is fated to die. Therefore be bold: to die in fear is the worst death of all.” There were many cultural references that I must admit escaped me, which were, I’m guessing, linked to “punk” music [“death metal” and “black metal”] and “punk” photography [a genre I didn’t even know existed]. The writing is macabre and disturbing on several levels. This is a novel not easily forgotten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other than interesting descriptions of Helsinki and Iceland, this book has a confusing and unrealistic plot.
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