Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Mystery News: Book Review for Dark Light

Bruce Desilva of the Canadian Press recently published a review of Dark Light, the latest Doc Ford mystery by Randy Wayne White. The author wrote in public libraries after a Category 4 hurricane tore up his Pine Island home off Florida's west coast, so it's not surprising that Dark Light does a lot of brooding about the power of storms.

Desilva writes, "It must be said that White's plots are often farfetched ... Yet sometimes, including this time, White manages to pull it off." He adds, "What makes Dark Light work is evocative writing that combines the sensibility of a traditional noir novel with the unearthly mood of a ghost story: the crash of the waves on a dark beach, bolts of lightening that split the night, a cryptic headstone in a family graveyard, a piano that tinkles a haunting melody, an old mansion lit only by candles, a beautiful woman who seems to grow older or younger with each subtle change of light."

Read his entire review here.

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