Anitpodean noir (yes that is Australian crime) is being promoted as “the hottest crime wave’ by some international writers festivals and book conventions and writers such as Emma Viskic have been among those courted for sold out speaking events in the US. And deservedly so. Viskic has won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction as well as an unprecenedented three Davitt Awards, Best Audlt novel, Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice.
The third instalment featuring Caleb Zelic, a deaf private investigator, described by Viskic as ‘a man constantly tripping over his own good intentions’ came out in late 2019. Darkness for Light puts us a few months out from the fire filled end of And Fire Came Down and Caleb has come up with his ‘Making Good Decisions’ plan. He is seeing a counsellor, his ex-wife Kat is speaking to him, he is re-connecting with the deaf community and he is slowly putting his business back together without his double crossing, trouble bringing ex-partner Frankie. But trouble is never far away from Caleb, and regardless of all the planning in the world that one bad decision is only one decision away.
Murder, kidnapping, rogue cops and stand-over merchants all feature in this fast paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat through the twists and turns of the story. While it is the third in the series it can easily be read as a stand-alone – one that is gripping, action packed and real.
Cannot recommend this one enough to everyone who loves a good thrilling read that is grounded in reality, has great well drawn characters and weaves randomly dropped clues into an intelligent, coherant whole.
Five stars from me.