Tuesday, March 17, 2009

2009 Book 14: Light Before Day

Book #:

Book Title:
Light Before Day

Christopher Rice

Miramax Books

Pub. Date:


March 11, 2009

March 16, 2009

Time to Read:
6 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:
"In California's Central Valley, an explosion of white-hot methamphetamine rips through a trailer, its blinding flash killing a dedicated schoolteacher in search of a student whose life is in danger...
In West Hollywood, a young reporter discovers that a Marine helicopter pilot visited the gay ghetto - just days before he sent his chopper spiraling into the Pacific Ocean...
And in the wilds of California's Coast Ranges, a mercilessly angry young woman pursues the mythic killer she believes has murdered her mother...
So begins Light Before Day, a dark new thriller of revenge and sexual obsession from New York Times best-selling author Christopher Rice.
Twenty-six-year-old journalist Adam Murphy is chasing a career-making story when he is suspiciously fired by the magazine that employs him. Scarred by the failure of a recent relationship, and haunted by the violent death of his alcoholic mother, Adam finds himself cut adrift in the city of West Hollywood. Determined to expose the facts behind the suicide of the Marine pilot, he discovers that his estranged lover has vanished without a trace, and that his disappearance matches several other recent missing persons cases. Working with his new boss, James Wilton - a famously curmudgeonly mystery novelist with his own battle scars, who is eager for a new case to write about - Adam begins to suspect a serial killer is preying on the city's young gay men.
Meanwhile, Caroline Hughes, an intense young surgical resident, scours central California, also seeking a serial killer: an avenger of such legendary violence he seems more demon than man.
The truth that Adam, Caroline, and James Wilton discover is far more diabolical than they could ever have imagined.
From the mansion-strung Hollywood Hills to the drug-ravaged hamlets of the Central Valley, they enter a labyrinth that leads to the darkest core of the human heart - uncovering a conspiracy so extraordinary that it threatens both their sanity and their lives."


All too often, it seems that I pick up flat books - you know what I mean - those books that have "a" story line, no back story, no understory, no depthLight Before Day is not that book - this novel, instead, masterfully weaves together several separate story lines that will, by the end, intersect in the most unexpected ways.  To be honest, I was hesitant to begin this story - when I see the last name of "Rice," my mind forcibly conjures up images of vampires, which is not a story line in which I am ever interested.  But clearly, this author deals with far more real-world issues than blood-sucking immortals.  You will absolutely love his characters - he doesn't belabor giving their backgrounds, but does give just enough info so that they could be someone at your gym or from the office.  And the pace is exquisite - fast when the story demands it but slowing down when more details are necessary.  I enjoyed and I think you will as well!!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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