A former Customs and Police Officer, Andrew Hill is just putting the finishing touches to the first book in a crime series set in the New Forest, where he lived for 30 years. An avid reader across the crime genre and regular at Crimefest, he now lives in West Sussex and works in property.
Having left Texarkana for the relative safety of Venice Beach; journalist Charlie Yates is drawn into a web of intrigue that was first spun around Reynold’s critically acclaimed debut - The Dark Inside.
Charlie finds himself in Hot Springs, Arkansas investigating the murder of three women due to a plea for help from his old acquaintance Jimmy Robinson.
Though Charlie soon discovers that Jimmy is dead and the trail appears cold. This doesn’t dissuade the Journalist in his investigation as he feels that Jimmy’s death is far from accidental, and that there are some irregularities in this Arkansas town.
It appears that Hot Springs is mob-owned and home to corrupt politicians and police; with shady businessmen involved with casinos and cat-houses. Charlie soon finds himself with no one to trust, no one to turn to and his own life comes into danger with dark tentacles reaching out to his new life in California.
The author has succeeded in following up his acclaimed debut with panache, penning an equally involving and well-crafted sophomore work. The 1940s period detail is elegantly presented with authentic dialogue, a genuine sense of danger and darkness which becomes palpable and pervades the proceedings like a cloak. You can smell the cigarette smoke, cheap whiskey, fear and stale perfume from the characters and narrative, making the proceedings memorable and frighteningly believable.
Black Night Falling is an elegant follow-up to The Dark Inside - both of which are highly recommended.