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Too Dark to Sleep is a brilliant, well-written novel and Maggie Quinn is an incredible character, multifaceted and strong, despite setback after setback. This riveting story tells of Maggie's battles with a brilliant "bad guy" and with the darkness that threatens her after her breakdown. The suspense in this story is first-rate from its opening pages to the story's conclusion and makes Too Dark to Sleep a spine-tingling book that readers everywhere will adore.  -Alice DiNizo, Readers' Favorite

If the quality of her debut crime novel Too Dark to Sleep is anything to go by, Dianne Gallagher's name will spread quickly in crime fiction loving circles. This is a fine debut novel, and in Maggie Quinn, Gallagher has created a true one-off with as many layers as an onion. The descriptions of her creeping fears are sharp and realistically drawn-so much so that I found myself checking the shadows myself! It was with regret that I reached the last page of this book because I really enjoyed my time spent with Maggie, even though I had to keep all the lights on! More please. -Crime Fiction Lover

Chicago crime aficionados will love Dianne Gallagher's debut novel, Too Dark to Sleep... it is a fast read. I didn't want to put it down. I was fascinated by Gallagher's depictions of the subcultures of Chicago police detectives, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, and Stateville Penitentiary. It's a world of clout-influenced decision-making, where "who you know," nine times out of ten, trumps "what you know." After all, that's the Chicago Way! - Richard Reeder, Noir Journal

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It was a long road to releasing my debut novel, Too Dark to Sleep. But Maggie Quinn turned out to be one of those characters you could put anywhere and the scene would write itself. I hope you have as much fun reading as I had writing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Brayer Publishing, LLC (November 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985954108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985954109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,360,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the vein of Jeffrey Deaver thrillers, Dianne Gallagher's Maggie Quinn will quickly draw you in and have you following her every move as she desperately battles her own demons while trying to outmaneuver a mind-game-playing killer. With authentic Chicago details that add depth to Quinn's character, Gallagher's fast-paced plotting and psychological hairpin turns keep the reader guessing...and wanting more. Couldn't put this one down and can't wait for the next in the series! Two thumbs up!
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TOO DARK TO SLEEP by Dianne Gallagher is an exciting psychological Thriller/suspense set in Chicago. Follow Maggie Quinn,on a hair-raising journey of danger,grief,the loss of a child,loss of a job,suspense,mystery,a string of murders,and a darkness she may never overcome. In the blink of an eye she losses everything she once held dear. Once the top Chicago Violent Crimes detective now she is just trying to save off the darkness that is threatening to overtake her. But can she find a murderer before it is too late,is all she thinks she knows just a dream or a witness' foggy memory? "Too Dark to Sleep" is a high octane,fast paced,action filled psychological thriller that will grip you from the very first page and hold you there until the last and longer. A must read! A page turner. If you enjoy psychological thrillers,suspense,danger around every corner,police procedures,than you will enjoy "Too Dark To Sleep". Avid crime fiction readers will adore this story. I can hardly wait for the next installment of Maggie Quinn. I would highly recommend this title. Ms. Gallagher is a great storyteller,her characters engaging,believable,and the plot intriguing. Written with vivid descriptions. BE WARNED: highly dangerous to the mind,it is a thriller from beginning to the end,with twists and turns you won't see coming until to late.Received for an honest review from the author.
RATING: 4.5
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Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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Good, gritty fun that gives the likes of Mickey Spillane a run for his money. Yet, for all it's familiar feel and revisiting many of the classic pulp crime story topes, it still feels fresh and relevant. All that, and it has surprising depth and heart.

A smart story and thoroughly enjoyable read that grabs you from the get-go and doesn't let go.

Looking forward to reading the next Maggie Quinn novel!
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Too Dark to Sleep (3.5 out of 5 stars) is an intriguing story that immediately pulls you in, especially if you like graphic serial killer mysteries a la James Patterson. The author builds very interesting and complex characters, particularly in the flawed heroine, Maggie Quinn. Quinn is a top tier detective who is on indefinite medical leave from her department, following a family tragedy, attempted suicide, and stay in a mental hospital. She is called back to consult on a case because even in her fragile state, no one is better, and the killer on the loose is the same criminal Maggie was pursuing prior to her breakdown and now haunts her dreams. Her partner is an under-qualified greenhorn detective who she takes under her wing, and her father is a mob boss who wields considerable power and influence from prison. A bit over-the-top perhaps, but it works. Following her breakdown, Quinn has developed an irrational fear of the dark, and perceives it as a living creature, constantly hunting her down and literally tearing at her. She is unable to function in even the slightest shadows, thus the title. Her nemesis, Marcus Galen, an accomplished cardiac surgeon, is a narcissistic slime bag and her prime suspect.

There are deep relationships between the large cast of characters and the author builds excellent tension between them as the story moves along. The detail described when Maggie is in her investigative mode is fantastic, and a real strength of the book. The Chicago cop scene feels gritty and authentic. The author is highly skilled at pulling you into the scenes which are raw and intense. You find yourself rooting for Maggie to break through her fears and get her man. It is an ambitious first novel, and an overall good read.
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This book was thoroughly unexpected! To say the least it was a dark, twisted story with a completely unforgettable heroine. Maggie Quinn is insightful, smart and totally flawed but one of the few characters in any books that I have read recently, that will haunt me long after turning the last page. The author takes you on a psychological journey that is disturbing & frightening, as you walk along with Maggie, feeling what she feels, knowing what she knows and realizing that this is a path you don't want to go down even as a casual observer, because there, but for the grace of god, go any one of us.

As detective novels go, it is on point with all the drama and frustration that comes from a legal system that is not always just and a villain that uses that fact to his advantage and then some. I would definitely read more from this author as I feel that I invested a lot of emotional currency in Maggie Quinn and need to know where she ends up.

I received this eBook free in exchange for an honest review.
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