A superlative work of hardboiled detective fiction, The Midnight Promise introduces readers to an instant classic in the annals of noir antiheros: P.I. John Dorn. Dorn’s woman has left him, he lives in his office, and he drinks too much. His one friend, a lawyer named Demetri, hands him an infinite supply of lost causes, to which Dorn, ever the champion of the underdog and the oppressed, is drawn to “as a sledgehammer is to a kneecap.” A great read for fans of China Miéville's genre-bending crime fiction and for readers of superlative procedurals like Ian Rankin's Rebus novels and Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder books, The Midnight Promise wonderfully evokes the underbelly of contemporary Melbourne, its battlers, its hard men, its victims, and its ill-fated heroes.
Zane Lovitt's stories have appeared in Scribe's New Australian Stories 2 and in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The Midnight Promise is his first book. He lives in Melbourne.