• Hard Light

  • The Cass Neary Crime Novels, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Hand
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As her passionately devoted fans know, Elizabeth Hand is a uniquely gifted storyteller. Listeners were introduced to her iconoclastic crime novels, featuring offbeat photographer Cass Neary, in the underground classic Generation Loss, which was followed by the brilliant Available Dark. In Hard Light, the third book in the series, Cass makes a remarkable discovery that could change our understanding of human history - if she lives long enough to share it.

As the story opens, Cass arrives in London, where she's arranged to meet her long-lost lover, Quinn O'Boyle. When Quinn fails to show at their rendezvous point, Cass meets the eccentric couple Mallo and Morven Dunfries. When Mallo catches Cass rifling through his medicine cabinet in search of drugs, he threatens to turn her in to the authorities then puts her to work as a runner for his illegal goods. Cass makes a delivery to Poppy Teasel, a famous singer from long ago. Cass leaves Poppy's flat but returns a short time later to find the place ransacked and Poppy dead. Fearful she'll become the next victim, Cass goes on the run.

©2016 Elizabeth Hand (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great series of books!

I got into these books when I'm read Available Dark I was hooked. Cas the main player she draws you in and keeps you in, it's a story that you won't forget and you'll read it over and over.

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Loved this third book!

This is a story about Cass, a super spicy Jessica Fletcher/Angela Lansbury. Instead of a 60 something mystery writer and amateur detective, you have a sexy 50 something photographer and amateur detective. Some people have left reviews that focus on the drug use and thievery but I'm sure that Jessica F was also popping those prescriptions that were dolled out back in the day and she would snag up items that she saw as 'clues'. Ok Sticky Fingers Fletcher, I saw what you did back in the day.
Another fantastic fast passed action packed book by Elizabeth Hand! I'm excited to start the fourth book but also feel that book gloom I always get when I'm almost done with an engrossing series.
My love for Carol Monda's voice grows with every book I hear her narrate.

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Unavoidable Illegal Drugs???

I refuse to finish this, the pop culture references & illegal drugs are the entire story! Waste of my money!

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  • Victoria Haddow
  • 11-22-16

TERRIBLE accents!

I'm English and this book is set in London. The voice actress cannot do an English accent of any variety...we're talking Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins here. I read the first two Cass Neary books and and will go back to reading the third. Whoever hired the voice actress made a big mistake.

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  • Josa Keyes
  • 07-05-22

Enjoyed all the bonkers Cass Neary novels

Meet Cass Neary, one hit wonder photographer of dead bodies, who manages to get herself mixed up in all kinds of bonkers situations well outside the norm. She's a deeply unreliable narrator, being druggy, drunk and often unsympathetic. But her tender care for younger women is her redeeming feature. Kept me going for a few days and recommended.