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The Great Darkness, Jim Kelly

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The Great Darkness
Title
The Great Darkness
Statement of responsibility
Jim Kelly
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Language
eng
Summary
1939, Cambridge: The opening weeks of the Second World War, and the first blackout The Great Darkness covers southern England, enveloping the city. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke, a wounded hero of the Great War, takes his nightly dip in the cool waters of the Cam. Daylight reveals a corpse on the riverside, the body torn apart by some unspeakable force. Brooke investigates, calling on the expertise and inspiration of a faithful group of fellow 'nighthawks' across the city, all condemned, like the detective, to a life lived away from the light. Within hours The Great Darkness has claimed a second victim. War, it seems, has many victims, but what links these crimes of the night?
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Review
  • The Great Darkness was the term given the blackout mandated for all of the UK at the start of WWII. Kelly uses the term to great effect in this mystery, spreading a feeling of disorientation and gloom and capturing the psyche of his wounded hero, Eden Brooke, a borough detective inspector in Cambridge. Brooke, a surviving soldier hero from the Great War, has an eye infirmity that makes him a “nighthawk,” someone only comfortable in darkness. On a midnight swim in the Cam, Brooke overhears soldiers digging. A body is found on the banks the next morning. Another death, by bizarre means, follows, and then another. Brooke uses his contacts within the Observer Corps to piece together what is behind the deaths. While the unvarying gloominess of tone here sometimes feels a bit monotonous, 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. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 5/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 17, p27)
  • During a blackout a month after the start of WWII, Det. Insp. Eden Brooke, the hero of Kelly’s solid series launch, is taking a midnight swim in the River Cam in Cambridge, England, when he overhears a platoon of soldiers on the shore. The men are burying something with a “sticky sweet smell” in a pit. Brooke, a veteran of WWI, later tries to sort out exactly what the men were up to. But before he can get any answers, he learns that an American scientist, Dr. Ernst Lux, who was working at Cambridge University has died, apparently after becoming entangled in the netting of a stray barrage balloon. In the morgue, Brooke notices that Lux’s shoes are on the wrong feet, and he suspects that the man’s death was no accident. He soon gets on the trail of black marketers and a covert government experiment. Kelly has created twistier puzzles in his Philip Dryden series (The Funeral Owl, etc.), but he makes good use of his chosen setting to portray the challenges of domestic policing during wartime. Fans of TV’s Foyle’s War will be delighted. Agent: Faith Evans, Faith Evans Assoc. (U.K.). (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 04/30/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 18, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10638026
Cataloging source
QPPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kelly, Jim
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Nighthawk
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Detectives
  • Murder
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Cambridge (England)
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The Great Darkness, Jim Kelly
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
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  • cri
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  • rdacontent
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Control code
000061497713
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
349 pages
Isbn
9780749021610
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1023844373
Label
The Great Darkness, Jim Kelly
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000061497713
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
349 pages
Isbn
9780749021610
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1023844373

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