Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Available Dark, by Elizabeth Hand
is "your prototypical amoral speedfreak crankhead kleptomaniac murderous rage-filled alcoholic bisexual heavily tattooed American female photographer." She's all of that and smart and kind of funny. She accepts a job authenticating a series of photographs in Helsinki, partly to make some much needed money and to get out of the path of the police who may come looking for her. When the photographer and his assistant turn up dead, she makes a quick detour to Iceland to try to track down an old chum who recently got in touch. Fast, dark, and fascinating, this book is really something else.