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Punk photographer Cass Neary, "one of noir's great anti-heroes" (Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love), rages back in the series that began with Generation Loss and Available Dark.
Fleeing Reykjavik and a cluster of cult murders, Cass lands in London
to rendezvous with her longtime lover Quinn, a person of interest to
both Interpol and the Russian mob.

Only Quinn doesn't show up. Alone in London and fearing the worst,
Cass hooks up with a singer-songwriter with her own dark past, who
brings her to the wrong party. Cass becomes entangled with the party's
host, Mallo Tierney, an eccentric gangster with a penchant for cigar
cutters and neatly-wrapped packages, and a trio of dissolute groupies
connected to a notorious underground filmmaker.

Forced to run Mallo's contraband, Cass is suddenly enmeshed in a web
of murder, betrayal, and artistic and sexual obsession that extends from
London to the stark beauty of England's Land's End Peninsula, where she
uncovers an archeological enigma that could change our view of human
history―if she survives.

Strobe-lit against an apocalyptic background of rock and roll, rave culture, fast drugs and transgressive photography, Hard Light
continues the breathless, breathtaking saga of Cassandra Neary, "an
anti-hero for the ages. We'd follow Cass anywhere, into any glittery
abyss, and do." Megan Abbot, author of The Fever]

"Hand's supernaturally inflected Cass Neary crime novels make
mincemeat out of the assumption--still held by many an unwary reader--that
mysteries are mere diversions, designed to pass an empty hour and then
be forgotten. No way that's true of Hard Light: This third novel in the Cass Neary series fades away as stubbornly as a bloodstain." -- Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"Nerve-jangling and addictive, Elizabeth Hand's Hard Light
offers up a signature Cass Neary tale of moral ambivalence, keen
betrayal and a dark lushness that leaps off the page. And with
Cass―relentless in her dangerous curiosity, her ruthless art of
survival―Hand has created an anti-hero for the ages. We'd follow her
anywhere, into any glittery abyss, and do." --Megan Abbott

"Elizabeth Hand's Cass Neary novels, rightly praised for their icy
tension and remarkable darkness, are threaded, like the best of punk in
any medium, on a bloodied yet admirably stubborn humanism." --William

"As a huge mystery and noir buff, I love Elizabeth Hand's Cass Neary
novels―they're tough-minded, beautifully written, and unique. One of the
best series out there. In Hard Light, Hand has created another
fascinating puzzle―and another instant classic. If you're a fan of
intelligent page-turners, this one's for you." --Jeff Vandermeer

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: 9781618731920
ISBN-10: 1618731920
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Pages: 354
Language: English