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Return to Book Page. While it's hard to come up with much new in a serial killer plot, Millar distinguishes himself from amany of his contemporaries in the genre with taut writing and a memorable lead character. Hard-edged While it's hard to come up with much new in a serial killer plot, Millar distinguishes himself from amany of his contemporaries in the genre with taut writing and a memorable lead character. Hard-edged crime with a vengeance, but it is handled with a finesse and deftness that Chandler devotees will admire greatly.

Young homeless women and drug addicts are being abducted before being brutally mutilated and murdered, and a city is held in the grip of unspeakable terror.


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  • The cops are unable - or unwilling - to apprehend the elusive serial killer who has never once made a mistake in his grisly calling - until now. By abducting Katie, the young daughter of private investigator Karl Kane, the killer has just made his first mistake, which could well turn out to be his last. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.

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    Published January 25th by Brandon Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Dark Place , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 11, Criticalmick rated it it was amazing. The client is deperately worried and the cops are not interested in looking for a recovering junkie The Dark Place follows Karl Kane, the gritty, gripping detective introduced in 's Bloodstorm.

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    Apr 18, Tom Cassidy rated it it was amazing. Terrific crime novel from one of the most underrated crime writers. Dark and totally original, this is the follow-up to the bestselling Bloodstorm which introduced us to Karl Kane. Publishers Weekly hailed it as 'A powerful new crime series. Be warned: not for the fainthearted. Feb 19, K. Stanley rated it it was amazing. The Dark Place by Sam Millar has been a thrilling read. Millar writes brilliant established storylines, interesting villians I'm a sucker for serial killer plots and yet manages to pull of brilliance in the comedy of P.

    I and leading man, Karl Kane. A recommended read if you want laughs and chills! Jan 11, Mary Mooney rated it it was amazing. The Dark Place is even better than Bloodstorm, the first book to introduce us to the legendary Karl Kane. Not only is it a page-turner, but there is some great, dark humour throughout.

    Very few writers know how to balance humour and dark noir, but Millar has clearly mastered it. This series is quickly becoming totally addictive and compulsive. Highly recommended for those who want something original and very dark, and are totally exasperated with the usual predictable story line of others. One of Ireland's top crime writers, his own past is as gripping as any of his novels. Millar's electrifying memoir, On the Brinks, tells the true story of one of the most audacious robberies in American history.

    His visceral language, combined with the dark humour of protagonist Karl Kane, make for powerful writing. An addictive page-turner, like Millar's past work, this is not a book to read alone if you suffer from a nervous disposition. There is a ring of authenticity about the world he depicts and the tone he exudes, which is hard to knock, for very few of us can boast such a past. His writing is very, very dark, and reminds me a lot of Andrew Vachss and the Burke novels.

    The Dark Place is at the intense end of hard-boiled I was instantly gripped when I opened the covers of The Dark Place. In only pages, Millar manages to cram in enough tension compared to most novels that apparently need double the number of pages. Millar tells the story like it is and you find yourself holding your breath when captured by the story, especially at the ending when, literally, all bets are off.

    But amongst all this, Millar shows Kane the human; the man who has to deal with a daughter who wishes he'd get back to his ex-wife, his ex who hates and loves him in equal measure and his turbulent relationship with his new love, Naomi. In a few phrases this marvellous writer manages to flesh out his characters, bringing them very much to life.

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    As with Ken Bruen, another Irish writer who is a master of less saying more. You won't go far wrong heeding my words. Jul 21, Derrick rated it it was amazing. I was very exited to read the continuing Karl Kane series by Sam Millar and I am thrilled to report that this book delivers in a big way! Just like the first Kane book of the series Bloodstorm , this book has a dark edge to it and hits the "hardcore" nail right on the head. His friends included the writer Manly Wade Wellman , two of whose collections he published with the Carcosa publishing imprint.

    Wagner died in his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on October 14, , essentially of the consequences of longterm alcoholism. Night Shade Books has published the complete Kane stories novels and shorts in two hardcover volumes. Some of Wagner's work is set in Robert E. Howard 's universe featuring Conan the Barbarian and Bran Mak Morn ; he also edited three volumes of Howard's original Conan tales, important to purists for being the first to restore the texts to their originally published form. His three volumes of Echoes of Valor also featured restored versions of pulp-era fantasy stories by authors such as Fritz Leiber , C.

    Moore , Henry Kuttner , and Nictzin Dyalhis. Wagner wrote an unpublished Bran Mak Morn novel, Queen of the Night , which was originally scheduled to be published by Zebra books during and Ace Books during Wagner created his own mystical and immortal pre-historical anti-hero, Kane , whose name and background are based on traditional conceptions of the biblical Cain. A powerful, left-handed warrior-sorcerer with red hair and blue eyes, the character was described by Wagner as one "who could master any situation intellectually, or rip heads off if push came to shove".

    Howard's Solomon Kane. He is an immortal, cursed to wander the earth until he is destroyed by the violence that he himself has created. He sells his loyalty as a fighter to the highest bidder. He is a well-read and intelligent man who has traveled his world for centuries and is able to discuss music, poetry, politics, and many other subjects. He is also amoral and a born killer. The Kane stories are often classified as tales of sword and sorcery although Wagner disliked the term , which some critics have compared favourably to those of Robert E.

    Howard and Michael Moorcock. Howard's mighty-thewed barbarian Conan the Cimmerian, Wagner set about creating his own fantasy character while still attending medical school. The result was initially published as a paperback original during by West Coast pornography publisher Powell Publications, with a lurid cover.

    After publishing a pseudonymous pornographic novel with a small New York company, Wagner relinquished his chance to become a doctor and instead decided to write full-time. During , Warner Paperback library published Death Angel's Shadow , which collected the three original Kane novellas. He also began selling his stories and poems regularly to the growing small press magazine market. Several of his tales were published in Gary Hoppenstand's Midnight Sunn , a magazine initially devoted to Kane and the new school of epic fantasy writers.

    This was followed by publication of the first Kane novel, Bloodstone , during Warner Books commissioned a cover painting by Frank Frazetta who had helped revive the Conan franchise, and who would paint a number of future covers for the series and Wagner's writing career improved.

    Wagner published other Kane stories in magazines such as Chacal , Whispers and Escape! Gerald W. Night Winds , a collection of six previously published Kane tales followed Warner Books, The publisher also reissued all previous Kane books including a new edition of Darkness Weaves which reinstated the author's preferred text. The Book of Kane was the last published volume of Kane material until Night Shade Books' omnibus editions of novels and tales.

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    A proposed fourth Kane novel, In the Wake of the Night , was never completed, although an excerpt was published as part of a World Fantasy Convention souvenir book of ; this also appears in the collection Midnight Sun In , it was reported that movie producer Lauren Moews had "acquired Death Angel's Shadow , and will produce a film based upon "Reflections for the Winter of My Soul," which is the first of three short stories comprising Death Angel's Shadow.

    His later stories, such as "But You'll Never Follow Me" and "Silted In", were described by Ramsey Campbell [12] as tormented and deeply personal; some deal explicitly with drug addiction e. With his friends Jim Groce and David Drake , who were concerned that Arkham House would cease publication after the death of its founder, August Derleth , Wagner formed the Carcosa publishing house in North Carolina during to preserve the work of their favorite pulp magazine horror writers in hard covers. All books were edited by Wagner and illustrated profusely.

    Cave ; Lee Brown Coye was working on illustrating it when he died, causing Carcosa to abandon the project. Wagner later acted as the literary agent for Manly Wade Wellman's estate. Wagner collaborated with Drake on Killer , a science fiction horror novel set during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. Coye's macabre designs, incorporating mysterious lattices of twigs, were the inspiration for Wagner's British Fantasy Award -winning story " Sticks ".

    The series was canceled after Wagner's death. However, while the original editions were paperback originals, Underwood-Miller preserved the series in a set of three limited edition hardcovers. Wagner was a frequent visitor to London to attend fantasy and horror conventions. Though he continued to edit, producing three volumes of the heroic fantasy anthology Echoes of Valor for Tor Books during the late s and early s, and published a steady sequence of short stories most of which were apparently written some years earlier , his most productive time was finished.