Punk photographer Cass Neary, “one of noir’s great anti-heroes” (Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love), rages back in the series that began with the award-winning novels Generation Loss and Available Dark. Fleeing Reykjavik and a cluster of cult murders, Cass lands in London to rendezvous with her longtime lover Quinn, a person of interest to both Interpol and the Russian mob.
Only Quinn doesn’t show up. Alone in London and fearing the worst, Cass hooks up with a singer-songwriter with her own dark past, who brings her to the wrong party. Cass becomes entangled with the party’s host, Mallo Tierney, an eccentric gangster with a penchant for cigar cutters and neatly-wrapped packages, and a trio of dissolute groupies connected to a notorious underground filmmaker.
Forced to run Mallo's contraband, Cass is suddenly enmeshed in a web of murder, betrayal, and artistic and sexual obsession that extends from London to the stark beauty of England’s Land’s End Peninsula, where she uncovers an archeological enigma that could change our view of human history—if she survives.
Strobe-lit against an apocalyptic background of rock and roll, rave culture, fast drugs and transgressive photography, Hard Light continues the breathless, breathtaking saga of Cassandra Neary, “an anti-hero for the ages. We’d follow Cass anywhere, into any glittery abyss, and do.” [Megan Abbot, author of The Fever]
Last seen in 2012's Available Dark, photographer Cass Neary is a wreck in Hand's loosely plotted third outing for the middle-aged, rock and roll loving alcoholic and depressive druggie. Having escaped mysteriously from a reunion in Iceland with long-ago boyfriend Quinn, Cass lands in gritty North London with only a backpack, her Konica SLR, random uppers, some cash, and one fake and one genuine passport. From there she stumbles from one squalid flat to another, encountering weirdo after weirdo, expecting Quinn at every turn. Instead, she discovers a body that of Poppy, a former punk singer, followed by other, possibly related bodies. Later, she winds up in a dilapidated Cornwall farmhouse, where she meets a number of folks with creepy connections to Poppy. Along this dubious route, Cass conveys an expert's knowledge of the 1970s East Village punk scene, Iron Age rituals, Paleolithic icons, and the intricacies of photography and film noir. Somehow it all adds up to a gripping, if unlikely, tale.