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Elizabeth Hand's writing honors include the Shirley Jackson Award,
the James Tiptree Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the
International Horror Guild Award, and many others. Now, this uniquely
gifted storyteller brings us a searing and iconoclastic crime novel, in
which photographer Cass Neary, introduced in the underground classic Generation Loss, finds herself drawn into the shadowy world of crime in Scandinavia's coldest corners.


As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk
to Cass 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 Available Dark, the 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.

Reviews & Praise


"Available Dark works well as a thriller, but it's Cass who
makes the book extraordinary. It's rare to find a strong female
character - especially a middle-aged one -- who likes sex and drinking
and drugs and doesn't feel the need to apologize about it. Eight pages
into the book she's offered some crystal meth. She takes it. Why the
hell not? Neither she nor the narrator blinks. There's nothing coy or
exhibitionistic about it, it's just who she is." -- Time Magazine


"In this brilliant sequel to Hand's acclaimed literary thriller, Generation Loss
(2007), Cassandra Neary, "a burned out, aging punk with a dead gaze,"
who subsists largely on alcohol and speed, confronts darkness nearly
beyond her comprehension. . . . A flash of incandescence counters final
threats of death, and the all-encompassing darkness is leavened by a
glimmer of hope. Stunning." -- Booklist (starred review)


"Norwegian collector Anton Bredahl, an admirer . . . offers Neary a
tidy sum to fly to Helsinki to give her opinion on some photos he's
thinking of purchasing. She finds herself blown away by the
photographer's technique, notwithstanding the grim subject
matter--corpses. The bloody aftermath of the assignment places Neary in
grave danger as she confronts a significant figure from her past. The
scenes of violence advance the plot while helping the reader to
understand Hand's uncompromisingly compromised main character." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author


Elizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of fourteen genre-spanning novels and five collections of short fiction and essays. Her work has received multiple Shirley Jackson, World Fantasy and Nebula Awards, among other honors, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781618731906
ISBN-10: 1618731904
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English