As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk to the photographer Cass Neary about a mysterious death she was involved with previously, but before they can bring her in, Cass accepts a job offer from overseas and hops on a plane.
In Helsinki, she authenticates a series of disturbing but stunning images taken by a famous fashion photographer who has cut himself off from the violent Nordic music scene where he first made his reputation.
Paid off by her shady employer, she buys a one-way ticket to Reykjavik, in search of a lover from her own dark past.
But when the fashion photographer's mutilated corpse is discovered back in Finland, Cass finds herself sucked into a vortex of ancient myth and betrayal, vengeance and serial murder, set against a bone-splintering soundtrack of black metal and the terrifying beauty of the sunless Icelandic wilderness.
In this eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning Generation Loss, Cass Neary finds her own worst fears confirmed: it's always darkest before it turns completely black.
Elizabeth Hand has written eight novels and several short-story collections. She has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the James Tiptree Award, the Nebula Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award (three times), and many others. Her novella, "The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon," was recently nominated for a Hugo Award. Hand is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.
A skin-blistering crime novel, as edgy and black as dried blood on a moonlit night.
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... makes Lisbeth Salander seem like a model of mental stability... Stunning.
Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
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 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)