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Light Before Day Paperback – 5 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (5 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401359892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401359898
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,777,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stealthy as a desert wind and as deadly as a knife." -- Lee Child

"Richly painted, viciously paced.... Rice skillfully reveals a labyrinth of deadly secrets and horrifying surprises." -- Gregg Hurwitz, bestselling author of The Crime Writer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christopher Rice is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. The son of author Anne Rice and the late poet Stan Rice, he was raised in New Orleans. He now resides in Los Angeles, where he is a cohost of the Internet radio program The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice & Eric Shaw Quinn. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
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I eagerly anticapted the release of Christopher Rice's third book as I really enjoyed the first two but this novel was like attempting to walk through treacle. I just couldn't get into it and the fact that I felt that there were really too many characters, none of them really likeable, and the plot got a bit too complicated at times, conspired against me.
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I would have given it a three and a half if I had that option. I found it a little bit confusing if I'm honest with you. It all made sense in the end but I didn't find the threads coming together as satisfying as I normally do with mystery/thriller type books. I thought the subject matter was really dark - although I wasn't especially bothered by that - and I liked the main character, even though he was clearly flawed. There was just something a little off about the writing but I can't quite put my finger on what it was.
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By A Customer on 18 May 2005
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I have read Christopher Rice's last two novels and was eager get my hands on his latest offering. I can assure everyone that this is just as good, if not better, than them. The plot is supremely well crafted, the characters are well detailed. A story that you can completely lose yourself in. It is a taut well paced novel with a superb ending. Christopher Rice improves novel by novel - an exceptional read!
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This is my third Christoper Rice novel and they are all on a par with each other. Fast paced, many twists and lots of suprises, this is a thrilling read. As with the other Rice novels I have read they are perhaps too dramatic to make them totally believable but when the story is as good as this I can again forgive the author. I loved the main charachter Adam Murphy and as per usual many of the other characters are very interesting and you feel like you want to know more about them, but that helps add to the mystery.
I don't want to give anything away about the story so won't comment. I will say that like his other books once you're into it there is no way out until you have finished it and with his thrilling writing that is all too soon as I couldn't put it down!
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