The Midnight Promise: A Detective's Story in Ten Cases

The Midnight Promise: A Detective's Story in Ten Cases

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One PI. Ten crimes. "Stylistically reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. An exciting and original debut" (The Hoopla Literary Society).

A literary detective story ingeniously told in ten cases. John Dorn is a classic gumshoe. His woman has left him, he lives in his office, and he drinks too much. His one friend, a lawyer named Demetri, hands Dorn an infinite supply of hopeless cases and lost causes, to which Dorn, ever the champion of the underdog and the oppressed, is drawn to "as a sledgehammer is to a kneecap." A superlative work of hardboiled literary detective fiction, The Midnight Promise wonderfully evokes the underbelly of contemporary Melbourne, its battlers, its hard men, its victims, and its ill-fated heroes.

" A] powerful hard-boiled debut . . . The cases get progressively more disturbing, both in terms of their subject matter, which include gruesome torture, and their impact on Dorn, a classic world-weary narrator."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Lovitt has a neat way with a yarn. . . . And just when you think he is going to stay close to a kind of downbeat realism, there is a slide into something a little thrillerish and action-packed."--The Sydney Morning Herald

" An] artful, Down Under nod to the hard-boiled private eyes of Chandler and Hammett."--The Christian Science Monitor, "10 Excellent International Thrillers"

"Lovitt is sure-handed in sketching characters, and he laces Dorn's cases with sardonic humor and prodigious bits of human frailty. . . . Fans of international crime fiction will enjoy Dorn and his milieu."--Booklist

Author: Zane Lovitt
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: 06/25/2013
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.20w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781609451332
Age Range: 18-UP

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/06/2013

About the Author
Zane Lovitt's stories have been featured in Scribe's New Australian Stories 2 and in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. "Leaving the Fountainhead" won the SD Harvey Short Story Award at the 2010 Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime fiction. He lives in Melbourne.