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"]"