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The Dark Farewell [Kindle Edition]

Josh Lanyon
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Book Description

Don’t talk to strangers, young man—especially the dead ones.

It’s the Roaring Twenties. Skirts are short, crime is rampant and booze is in short supply. Prohibition has hit Little Egypt, where newspaperman David Flynn has come to do a follow-up story on the Herren Massacre. The massacre isn’t the only news in town though. Spiritualist medium Julian Devereux claims to speak to the dead—and he charges a pretty penny for it.

Flynn knows a phoney when he sees one, and he’s convinced Devereux is as fake as a cigar store Indian. But the reluctant attraction he feels for the deceptively soft, not-his-type Julian is as real as it gets.

Suddenly Julian begins to have authentic, bloodstained visions of a serial killer, and the cynical Mr. Flynn finds himself willing to defend Julian with not only his life, but his body.

Warning: This novella contains phony spiritualists, cynical newspapermen, labor disputes, illicit love affairs, high-calorie southern cooking, and more than fifty-percent humidity!

Product Details

  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (February 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039PH74A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and thrilling March 28, 2010
By Bartski
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What an absolutely brilliant and beautiful story. I think Mr. Lanyon is at his best when he writes "retro" stories. Although I love all his works, I really believe his two best works are "The Dark Farewell" (date 1923) and "Snowball In Hell" (date 1943). He has the ability to get into the minds of the characters who lived in those years and his characters are true. One reviewer said the story ended too abruptly. I say no. All the questions were answered in the last few pages. To have explained the "rest" of the story, that is where and how Julian and David lived, would have been sappy and redundant.

Keep them coming Josh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Won't Be My Last Read By This Author! May 8, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first began THE DARK FAREWELL I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. It had a slow start-up and with so many characters (THE DARK FAREWELL takes place at a Boarding house in the 1920's) to be introduced in the beginning of the story it took awhile to introduce everyone and their personality types. However, once the story/mystery began I couldn't stop reading. THE DARK FAREWELL caught my attention and held it.

The characters were unique (and no I don't mean because of their sexual orientation). Each person had a unique outlook on the, way they saw the world which enhance how they reacted to what was going on around them. Mr. Lanyon even managed to give his walk-on characters a distinct personality and each person played a part in helping David figure out what was going on.

David goes into the situation with many preconceived notions. I loved how his preconceptions were slowly torn down, from his feelings about the murders, the mine catastrophe, Julian, and the other members of the boarding house. David's growth was subtle and beautifully layered as he opened his eyes to look past outer appearances to see what's within.

The mystery inside THE DARK FAREWELL was well-done. Mr. Lanyon did an excellent job of leading his readers down the incorrect path. As a result, I didn't know who the murderer was until right before David did.

I also must give Mr. Lanyon's kudos for showing the depth of emotion between David and Julian. It was more powerful to me because it was so subtle. Even with the subtlety I could still tell how deeply they both cared about each other. Several fans of his had informed me that they didn't think I would like Mr. Lanyon's work because it was more focused on the mystery instead of the romance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It IS different March 27, 2010
By Sol
Format:Kindle Edition
This story absolutely hooked me before I even cracked open the book (figuratively speaking since I read it in e-format). I was intrigued by how this story seemed to be different to all those that have preceded it - not really a mystery, not quite a ghost story, not a clean ending (not that there ever really are). I particularly fell for his character, Julian, who is so sweetly vulnerable. I disagree completely with a previous reviewer who claims that Julian's illness is overdone. Not so. Julian's illness is not overdone, rather the time and place have everything to do with how a particular illness is perceived. I thought Lanyon did an outstanding job of truly taking the reader through an illness which we've seen before in Lanyon's characters but showing how vastly different it can be from one decade to the next, or one century to the next. I'm not one for abrupt endings that leave you hanging, it generally just pisses me off, but I have to admit in this case the abruptness of the ending seemed to fit, though it didn't hurt that I was forewarned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it with reservations March 16, 2010
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I really really liked this story up to a certain point. I think Mr. Lanyon's writing matures in every new story he publishes and I really love to watch how he moves away more and more from some m/m romance clishes, how more and more of his characters have ordinary looks, how his characters starting to have some real flaws of character. And I thought this story had all of that. I loved the setting, I loved how he touched on social issues, on horrible conditions of the mines and what it can cause desperate people to do. Really enjoyed it. And yes, I did like the hosts thing even if I am not a big fan of ghosts stories. So you will ask me what about romance? And I have to say that while I wrote earlier that I feel that Mr. Lanyon moves away from some clishes, unfortunately I feel that he overdid it with Julian.

Trying to be as ambigious as possible, I think that he would have been vulnerable enough to the reader after we see how whole ghost thing affected him, and I really loved that he was participating in the whole thing even when he knew it was not working. I thought, oh good, he has some real flaws and he is vulnerable in that regard.

But did he need to be THAT ill as well? And can we say been there done that? Sorry, I love reading about the guys who have some vulnerabilities, I do NOT like reading about the "guys" who give out to me damsel in distress vibe and by the end of the story Julian certainly gives this vibe to me.

I would have given this story five plus stars, unfortunately Julian's needing to be taken care of to that degree quite ruined it for me, so it gets four stars, because I cannot help but compare this amazing writing with so much trash that I have read, but it is really 3.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dependably Josh
Short and sweet from the great Josh
Published 2 months ago by Searlas Lochlainn
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Unlike some other reviewers, I'm a fan of Lanyon's rather abrupt endings. The loose ends were tied up, we sort of knew what the plan was for the future, and the mystery was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Josh Lanyon's writing a lot
I like Josh Lanyon's writing a lot. I have read a few of his novels. I don't believe the gay characters would put off anyone, straight or not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wise Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
This story takes place in the prohibition era. It involves David Flynn a newspaper man who comes to Little Egypt to write a story involving a massacre of miners. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J.R.
4.0 out of 5 stars I once again enjoyed the vintage
I once again enjoyed the vintage, paranormal behind this mystery. Passion, skepticism, drama, weariness abounds in this tale. Read more
Published 9 months ago by padme35
4.0 out of 5 stars Talking to dead people
I have become a Josh Lanyon fan and always enjoy his books. This one set in 1922 is interesting for it's setting and dual subjects. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Don Meindl
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Historical Mystery
Reporter David Flynn is on his way to Little Egypt. He wants to see how feelings run a year after the Herrin massacre, and it’s a good opportunity to pay his respects to Amy, the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael Holland
3.0 out of 5 stars competent
great writing, great plot line -- no. as in all lanyon novels it is competent -- a good and easy read while traveling, at the beach where you do not want to focus too much.
Published 16 months ago by mdquear58
4.0 out of 5 stars Darker Than I Expected
Well written mystery set after WWI. Good character development, good story line. The quick end came as a bit of a surprise. Another chapter to close things would have been better.
Published 17 months ago by Xanlthorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story...but Abrupt ending ...
This was another well researched, well thought out murder mystery set in the time of the depression (I think) J.L. Read more
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More About the Author

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including the Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist -- and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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