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Black Night Falling

Rod Reynolds
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It was almost dark when i landed…

‘There are echoes of Chandler in washed-up journalist Charlie Yates’s terse, cynical narration but this is more than a mere pastiche: it’s subtle, original and enthralling.’ Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

Having left Texarkana for the safety of the West Coast, reporter Charlie Yates finds himself drawn back to the South, to Hot Springs, Arkansas, as an old acquaintance asks for his help. This time it’s less of a story Charlie’s chasing, more of a desperate attempt to do the right thing before it’s too late.

Rod Reynolds’ exceptional second novel picks up just a few months on from The Dark Inside, and once again displays the feel for place, period and atmosphere which marked out his acclaimed debut.

Critic Reviews

Although Rod Reynolds set the bar extraordinarily high for himself with his debut novel, The Dark Inside, it’s fair to say that his second book more than lives up to the promise of its predecessor ... Smart plotting, immaculate research, a tersely precise style and a protagonist with a touch of the knight-errant about him add up to pitch-perfect American noir.

Laura Wilson, Guardian
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Set in a 1940s Arkansas haunted by past crimes, evil acts and secret fears, Black Night Falling is noir at its classic best: unsettling, romantic and rippling with tension. Reporter Charlie Yates emerges as one of the most intriguing, complex and likeable characters to have appeared in recent years. Unputdownable.

TIM BAKER, author of Fever City
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Set in the mobbed-up town of Hot Springs, Arkansas, in the 1940s, Rod Reynold’s Black Night Falling is a violent, gripping thriller whose moral ambiguity and emotional depth keep the reader fully invested right up to the last beautifully-written page.

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[A] noir-drenched belter of a thriller ... Picking up a few months after Rod Reynolds stunning debut The Dark Inside ended, Black Night Falling oozes authenticity and a whole lot of deeply dark menace. The prose is a delight ... if Raymond Chandler and John D. MacDonald had co-written a book it might have been rather like Black Night Falling ... this is a flawless treat of a novel. A must-read for all thriller fans.

Crime Thriller Girl
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Reynolds creates an atmosphere of escalating fear and tension … This is top quality crime noir … A thriller with all the thrills.

Northern Crime
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Sharp writing, a setting you never forget and heart pumping tension … pitch perfect.

The Book Trail

After a successful career in advertising, working as a media buyer, Rod Reynolds took City University’s two-year MA in crime writing, where he started The Dark Inside, his first Charlie Yates mystery. This was followed by the second book in the series, Black Night Falling, in 2016. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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