By Jonathon King
Together with his first novel The Blue fringe of dead night, Jonathon King was once praised for his "powerful storytelling" (San Diego Union-Tribune), for his "stunning" and "superb" writing (Pittsburgh Tribune), and for including "new dimensions to the trendy crime novel" (Michael Connelly). And, in a starred overview, Publishers Weekly in comparison King to James corridor, Robert Parker, and James Lee Burke. Now, in a visual Darkness, King provides one other gripping, unforgettable tale. Max Freeman is looking for shelter from the ordinary demons of his former lifestyles as a Philadelphia police officer, in his secluded shack deep within the Everglades. yet his self-imposed isolation is inter-rupted whilst he gets a determined name from his ally, lawyer Billy Manchester. there was a contemporary string of suspicious deaths-all aged girls, all from a bad local, and all with substantial and lately sold-off assurance policies-which the police were not able, or unwilling, to enquire. Billy believes whatever sinister can be at paintings, and so, to assist his good friend, Max needs to reluctantly pry the place he isn't sought after, and act just like the cop he is attempting to fail to remember he was once. to find an unseen killer, Max will confront not just the hazards of a forgotten Florida cityscape, however the unforeseen and darkish corners of his personal earlier in addition. choked with twists, turns, and a wide ranging evocation of a infrequently glimpsed underside of contemporary the USA, a visual Darkness confirms Jonathon King's position on the leading edge of a brand new iteration of crime novelists.
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No traffic had come down the alley for two hours. He crossed the narrow yard and knelt at the back jalousie windows of the Florida room and reached into his pockets for a pair of socks. He slipped them over each hand and then took a screwdriver from another pocket. Invisible in the shadows, he began the work of silently prying open the old, pitted aluminum clips that held each pane of glass in place. With the clips bent up, he could lift out each pane and carefully lay them in order on the ground outside.
The smell was unique, like moist, fresh- turned soil, and I breathed deep and closed my eyes, trying to wash away the feel of the city. But the mental grinding that was my constant companion was back at work. I couldn’t pull an image of Billy’s dead women into my head. I’d seen too many bodies in my ten years as a cop on the Philadelphia streets: gunshot wounds and beating victims, suicide jumpers and elderly people who simply died from heat stroke in their choking tenement buildings. I’d had enough.
One day, when Momma was only nine, she and my grandmother went to a store near the railroad track to shop. They’d gone there for years but this day a new owner had taken over.