by Cliff Burns
Cover art by Ado Ceric
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Black Dog Press, 2010; 318 pp.; signed by the author
So Dark the Night is a supernatural mystery, an homage to film noir, cult TV and pulp fiction. Imagine a weird hybrid of Raymond Chandler, the shadow-filled films of Val Lewton and "The X Files".
Cassandra Zinnea and Evgeny Nightstalk are operatives employed by After Hours Investigations, a detective agency open from dusk 'til dawn. Their odd hours attract a mixed and eccentric clientele and, inevitably, they find themselves involved in cases that have paranormal and occult overtones. Zinnea's the brains and Nightstalk supplies the brawn and as a team they're practically unbeatable. Their relationship is fractious, bittersweet, and together they make up the most attractive and likable tandem since Holmes and Watson trod the mean streets of Victorian London.
But this time they might be in over their heads as an evil group of occultists plot to bring about the end of the world.
"I've written a couple of novels set in the fictional city of Ilium, a Great Lake metropolis that's a cross between Detroit, Buffalo and H.P. Lovecraft's haunted Arkham. Strange things afoot, dark forces at work."
- Cliff Burns
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