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The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt

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October 2012, no. 345

The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt

Text Publishing, $29.99 pb, 283 pp, 9781921922930

The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt

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October 2012, no. 345

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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