Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.32 × 2.34 × 0.4 in
Published: November 20, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312585942
ISBN - 13: 9780312585945
About the Book
Photographer Cass Neary is already wanted by the police for questioning when she receives a mysterious job offer that sends her to Helsinki, where an iconic fashion photographer shows her a trove of photos depicting ritual killings. After narrowly escaping death herself, Cass flees to Iceland, where she finds a former lover and a legendary, exiled musician.
Read from the Book
1 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 finally came to, it was dark. Sleet rattled against a greasy window. In a corner of the apartment, a red light flashed beside a stack of old LPs: I’d turned off my phone but forgotten the answering machine. I lurched toward the blinking light, unsure if it was early morning or night, yesterday or tomorrow. “Cass. What the hell did you do?” I rubbed my eyes, head throbbing. “… don’t know how you got that photo of my mother, but you better call me fast. Sheriff Stone wants to talk to you, also that guy Wheedler from—” I hit erase and skipped to the next caller. “This is a message for Cassandra Neary from Investigator Jonathan Wheedler of the Maine State—” I erased that one, too, and all the rest without listening to them, just for good measure. Then I took a shower, waiting for ten minutes before the water pressure amped up to a scaldi
From the Publisher
"A skin-blistering crime novel, as edgy and black as
dried blood on a moonlit night."
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
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.
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.
Praise for Available Dark "The millions who devoured Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy will not flinch at Hand’s dark subject matter... Expect this novel to break out onto best seller lists." -- Library Journal "Cass Neary... makes Lisbeth Salander seem like a model of mental stability... Stunning." -- Publishers Weekly (starred) “Very, very good…In Hand''s thriller, we see what Lisbeth Salander would look like in 30 years, if she were tall, blonde and plausible…Hand is a bonafide literary artist.” --Lev Grossman, Time "In the spirit of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ... As the dark Nordic forest thickens, so does the plot. Larsson fanatics may be unable to resist." -- The New York Post “Pulsing with tension throughout… charged with its own chilling luminosity." -- The Washington Post " A strong writer. Her studies of artists and musicians are something fierce, and there’s a deadly beauty to her bleak rendering of the Nordic landscape." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times "Cass Neary could make Lisbeth Salander look like a suburban housewife... A stunning look at a woman forever teetering on the edge." --Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Brilliant...stunning." -- Booklist (starred) "Award-winner Hand... brings her great skill to a mystery series that’s equally dark and enthralling... Beautiful writing and elegan