- Hardcover: 350 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby; First Edition edition (15 Feb. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749021616
- ISBN-13: 978-0749021610
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Great Darkness, The (Nighthawk) Hardcover – 15 Feb 2018
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"Kelly has crafted a believable wounded hero, and his re-creation of the first weeks of war in 1939 is wonderful. Another winner from the talented Kelly."--Booklist
"With a strong, effective plot and characters, this is crime fiction from a CWA Dagger in the Library author. If you like crime fiction, this is for you."--Historical Novels Review
About the Author
Jim Kelly was born in 1957 and is the son of a Scotland Yard detective. He went to university in Sheffield, later training as a journalist and worked on the Bedfordshire Times, Yorkshire Evening Press and the Financial Times. His first book, The Water Clock, was shortlisted for the John Creasey Award and he has since won a CWA Dagger in the Library and the New Angle Prize for Literature. He lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
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Detective Inspector Brooke (main character and a curiously enigmatic detective) is a veteran of WW1 and has some incapacitating injuries to his eyes which lead him to prefer working at night or wearing specially adapted specs. The book kicks off when Brooke is taking a nighttime swim and observes some strange things happening on the river bank, involving soldiers. What follows are a number of events, seemingly unconnected, which with Kelly’s deft hand come together, eventually, to a satisfying conclusion. With the skills of Brooke and his colleagues and so many facts about the war, the people and the Cambridge area this is an atmospheric portrayal of those sad times.
Highly Recommended and an exciting start to a new series.
The structure and plot of the book are convoluted but deliberately so and the links finally become clear to the reader and the 'hero' at the end. A fine start in new territory. Well written, structured and plotted. More please!
Mr Kelly has clearly done his research and one gets a real sense of the place and time but this never gets in the way of the gripping narrative. I very much hope this isn't the last we see of Inspector Brooke.
This novel is as good as the water clock, well plotted, good characters and as always lyrically written. Apart from one clunker (there were no Lancaster bombers in 1939) Mr. Kelly’s research is extensive but worn lightly. More please.
Pity the A&B hardback is not as classy as the Severn house ones though
Brooke makes an engaging and interesting leading character. An insomniac, keen night swimmer and faithful husband, he’s intelligent, well-read, perceptive but also ruthless when he needs to be. In fact, it is during one of his night-time swims that he detects the first signs that something is going on in the city that is not quite right. Denials from officialdom that anything occurred cause him to suspect a cover-up, or worse. Then the dead bodies start turning up….
Brooke has collected a team of fellow ‘nighthawks’, individuals whose job or inclination mean they inhabit the streets, buildings or even rooftops of Cambridge while most of the population are asleep. They are his eyes and ears on the ground, as well as providing companionship and conversation in the wee small hours. Luckily, he also has a trusty assistant, Edison, but despite his name it’s Brooke who has most of the ‘light bulb moments’ (there’s that darkness and light theme again).
he Great Darkness immerses the reader in the narrow streets of Cambridge with its colleges, historic public buildings and riverside paths. There’s also a great sense of the period from the ever present fear of bomber raids, the air raid shelters and barrage balloons to the wartime food (hare casserole, anyone?) and the copious drinking of tea. The short chapters keep the story moving along and the interest high. As far as the central mystery is concerned, it was pretty late on in the book until I saw the light. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that.) The solution, when it is revealed, raises issues of more contemporary relevance than you might expect.
I absolutely loved The Great Darkness. The combination of atmospheric setting, period detail, absorbing mystery and interesting characters in The Great Darkness ticked all the boxes for me. Those looking for a new historical crime mystery series to follow have found it here, I think. It would also be perfect for those mourning the absence of TV’s Foyle’s War. I shall be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Kelly's new sleuth, DI Eden Brooke, has a strength of character that should guarantee an engrossing series, and the college porter Doric, the most reliable informant of Brooke's network of nighthawks, is a truly novel creation.
Kelly, one of the country's best writers of crime fiction, makes it look effortless, and I look forward eagerly to the rest of the series.
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