Sky Kirkham reviews 'The Midnight Promise' by Zane Lovitt

The Midnight Promise

by Zane Lovitt

Text Publishing, $29.99 pb, 283 pp, 9781921922930

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
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, appeared on Big Ideas on ABC1, and contributes regularly to The Music.