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Praise for Available Dark
"A hair-raising novel of psychological suspense. This is a series I hope will continue."
--The Globe and Mail
"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."
"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
"Award-winner Hand... brings her great skill to a mystery series that’s equally dark and enthralling... Beautiful writing and elegant, intelligent style make this a pleasure."
--RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
"A gasoline burn of a book; but it's also a tightly-plotted noir thriller...Unputdownable."
“A brilliant sequel to Hand’s acclaimed literary thriller Generation Loss… Stunning.”
--Booklist (starred review)
“Fiercely frightening yet hauntingly beautiful, with a startling heroine you’ll never forget… Shimmers with gorgeous writing even as it scares the dickens out of you.”
“Cass Neary is one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes… Ferocious, aching with compassion and cruelly brilliant, Available Dark is a sinful pleasure.”
Praise for Generation Loss
“Rightly compared with the sort of crime fiction turned out by the late, great Patricia Highsmith ... Hand expertly ratchets up the suspense until it's at the level of a high-pitched scream."
--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Cass Neary, the battle-scarred shutterbug of Elizabeth Hand's incendiary literary thriller is a marvel."
--Los Angeles Times
"Brilliantly written and completely original, Hand’s novel is an achievement with a capital A.”
--Booklist (starred review)
Praise for Elizabeth Hand’s Other Work
“A superior stylist.”
--The New York Times Book Review on Waking the Moon
“Hypnotic… Moves Hand’s work into the territory of John Fowles and A.S. Byatt.”
--Locus on Mortal Love
“Elizabeth Hand has the written the best book of her generation.”
--Peter Straub on Mortal Love
“As noteworthy in its way as Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale.”
--People on Winterlong
Such a compelling central character does much of the work in engaging the reader.
Hand is not just a great storyteller, she's an artist, and she brings her world alive in a way that rarely happens in "genre" fiction.
Available Dark lives up to the promise of the first book and now can't wait for release of Cass's continuing adventures in London.
I'd have added a fifth and final star to this review had Elizabeth Hand stirred just a bit more plot into this dark, gloomy and yet tasty Nordic stew. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Lee Quarnstrom
I read the book within two days during a short hiking trip to Central France. The plot has indeed a mesmerizing quality that made me keep reading further and further at ungodly... Read morePublished 7 months ago by xi'an
I really wanted to love this book. I'm a photographer who loves Scand-Noir, but after a few initial chapters the book disappointed me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mobius Strip
I've been a fan of Elizabeth Hand for many years, so it's hard to present an unbiased view of any of her novels. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Caleb Blake
Reading Cass's story felt like I imagine being spaced on drugs and despair would be. Unreal written so realistically. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Toni Marie Sutliff
Generation Loss is one of my top ten favorite books. Available Dark lives up to the promise of the first book and now can't wait for release of Cass's continuing adventures in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sven Davisson
'Generation Loss' was good, this was great. Perhaps it was the change of locale (Finland and Iceland) but the book has a Nordic sensibility that belies the author's American roots. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Lohmeier
This is the sequel to "Generation Loss" and the story follows almost immediately after. Cass has returned to New York and is confronted with numerous messages from the police,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michelle Boytim
In order to fully enjoy this book, you MUST read GENERATION LOSS first.
Most well-written characters have flaws, and the protagonist of Available Dark (second in what I hope... Read more