'And now I stood here, on a desolate airfield in the Arkansas wilderness, a stone's throw from Texarkana. Darkness drawing in on me. Cross country to see a man I never imagined seeing again. On the strength of one desperate telephone call...'
Having left Texarkana fro the safety of the West Coast, reported Charlie Yates finds himself drawn back to the South, to Hot Springs, Arkansas, as an old acquaintance asks for his help. This time it's less of a story Charlie's chasing, more of a desperate attempt to do the right thing before it's too late.
Rod Reynolds' exceptional second novel picks up just a few months on from The Dark Inside, and once again displays the feel for place, period and atmosphere which marked out his acclaimed debut.
Black Night Falling by Rod Reynolds is published in paperback on 4 August 2016 by Faber & Faber and is the author's second novel. His debut, The Dark Inside was published in April 2016. Here's my thoughts about the book, and there's a chance to win a copy for yourself.
Whatever you do, do not be put off reading Black Night Falling because is it a follow-up novel. Yes, I'm sure that the reading experience may be a little better if you've read The Dark Inside, but believe me, this is a very accomplished and brilliantly put together novel that can stand quite proudly on its own.
There's a dusty, dark, American Noir feel to the cover and that continues throughout the book. Rod Reynolds has a incredible way with words, he takes his reader from the comfort of their own reading spot and dumps them firmly into the heart of Southern America in the 1940s.
Charlie Yates is a newspaper reporter and finds himself back in Texarkana - a place that he really didn't think that he'd visit again. The author cleverly reveals Charlie's back story, allowing readers to get a feel for the character, and the location.
The plot twists and turns all over the place ... in a good way, but also in a way that I can't talk too much about it without fear of spoiling it all for readers who have yet to read it. Let's say that this is classic American crime fiction with a contemporary feel and that Charlie Yates is one hell of a character who is given some of the finest dialogue that I've read in a long time.
There's intrigue and deception, all in a setting that is so realistic that it was kind of a shock to lift my head, look out of the window and see the grey drizzle of Lincolnshire instead of the pines and magnolia trees, the gas stations and the long roads that form the backdrop of Black Night Falling.
This is not just impressive characters with a heady sense of place though, there's a well thought out and intriguing plot that rockets along with shocks and twists a plenty.
My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and who invited me to take part in this Blog Tour. I'm really pleased to be able to offer a copy of Black Night Falling to one blog reader, entry is simple; just fill out the competition widget below. UK entries only please. Good luck!
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