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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575661454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575661452
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,607,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arbitrarily erratic characters and their antics leave this supernaturally charged Midwestern gothic as flat as its Kansas prairie setting. The story begins with promise as Eugenia Fairfax, returning to Fort Grant to lay to rest the ghosts of her childhood, winds up animating a closetful of skeletons. Eugenia's memories of her rearing in the Vandegrift Hall orphanage begin merging with nightmares of a century-old act of murder and betrayal carried out at the frontier fort where the orphanage is now housed. Meanwhile, next-door neighbor Rafael Chavez, a rehabilitated ex-con who has captured the grudging heart and willing body of Eugenia's daughter, Lena, endures the wrath of townspeople who can't forget the brutal murders he committed. First-time novelist Strayhorn intends Rafael's ordeal to reprise the local history of prejudice and injustice that Eugenia has uncovered, with the citizens of Fort Grant serving as reincarnations of their ancestors. But the author devotes energy to heating up Rafael and Lena's problematic romance that would have been better spent developing the tale's hints of vengeance. Lena is only one of several characters, moreover, whose moods and motives change to move the plot along. As the characters grow more unlikely and the implausible incidents pile up, what could have been an exciting dark fantasy of Bloody Kansas proves just a routine dispatch from the corn belt.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Black Night" is one of those books that would ultimately qualify as a guilty pleasure. Ms. Strayhorn's prose reflects a little of the Harlequin romances, with a little "soft" sex thrown in for fun. And the book is fun. I read it in one day, as it is a very easy read. The plot revolves around a woman and her daughter who return to the Mom's hometown to help her vanquish the "ghosts" that have haunted her. Mom was in a very nasty orphanage when she was young, and ever since she's been haunted by memories of that horrible place. Daughter Lena falls for the ex-con next door. Their repartee throughout the book is at times hilarious and then even touching. Lena is a pain in the ... for the first half of the book; Rafael (the ex-con) is a real sex-maniac in some ways, but once you get to know him a little better, one can almost understand his immediate lust for Lena. Eugenia starts having more visions of the past, which focus on a despicable wife of a Civil War something or other, and how she manages to get him to kill his sweetheart. Also in the picture is Ross Schweig, who gives both Lena and Rafael jobs at his sandwich shop; and Lorraine Lake, his bitchy girlfriend who has a demented son. All these characters do have something to do with what happened in the past, and it's fun guessing how it will all turn out.
Strayhorn keeps the plot moving, and the dialogue, though derivative, is fun. I liked this.
RECOMMENDED.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tiara on August 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is so good, its about a lady and her daughter who switch houses with a family in fort grant and they get the house right beside a ex-con, whos very sexy and so is his name...Rafael. I mostly liked the parts about Lena (the daughter) and Rafael because Lena is so mean to him at first and they fall in love and all this stuff. But also wrapped into the story is Lena's moms troubles with fort grant where she stayed in a childrens home as a child..which is now haunted...but overall its a great book rather you like suspense...romance...or mystery...if youve never read it go check it out or buy it here :)!
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