A number of gay men are going missing in West Hollywood. A young journalist called Adam Murphy begins to investigate the cases assuming that there could be a serial killer on the loose. Events are taken out of his control when his ex-boyfriend goes missing and he is sacked from the magazine where he works. Adam then hooks up with a true-crime author and tries to find out what is going on.
As most of the book is written in the first person, we follow Adam down a number of blind-alleys and false trails, which can be incredibly frustrating and makes the plot (at times) impossibly convoluted!
I was really looking forward to 'Light Before Day' having loved Rice's other two novels. This book had a similar tone and atmosphere but, for me, it never engaged me quite as much. Please set the next one back in New Orleans!
Still worth a look, but if you haven't read it I'd buy 'Density Of Souls' instead.