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Available Dark

A Crime Novel

Elizabeth Hand

Minotaur Books

“A skin-blistering crime novel, as edgy and black as dried blood on a moonlit night.”--Robert CraisElizabeth 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 Available Dark, the 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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There had been more trouble, as usual. In November I’d headed north to an island off the coast of Maine, hoping to score an interview that might jump-start the cold wreckage of my career as a photographer, dead for more than thirty years. Instead, I got sucked into some seriously bad shit. The upshot was that I was now back in the city, almost dead broke, with winter coming down and even fewer prospects than when I’d left weeks earlier. I dealt with this the way I usually did: I bought a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, cranked my stereo, and got hammered.
When I
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Elizabeth Hand

  • 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 Crime Novel

Elizabeth Hand

Romantic Times Book Award
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Minotaur Books

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