Zane Lovitt: The Midnight Promise

The Midnight Promise

by Zane Lovitt

Text Publishing, $29.99 pb, 283 pp, 9781921922930

Sky Kirkham

Sky Kirkham

Sky Kirkham is the producer and host of The Book Club, on 4ZZZ FM and the Community Radio Network. He has been a guest at BWF and NYWF,

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The Midnight Promise, Zane Lovitt’s début novel, is billed not as a detective story, but as a detective’s story. It is a minor grammatical change that makes for a major shift in the focus of the tale. Here there is no major dramatic revelation – no car chase, forensic science, femme fatale. Instead, the reader is offered a character study of a man slowly succumbing to depression, apathy, and alcoholism; worn down by his cases and by his inability to maintain his independence from them.

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Published in October 2012 no. 345

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