It’s the 1920s and David Flynn,
newspaperman and former soldier has left New York for Little
Egypt to write a follow-up story about the Herrin Massacre.
He finds much more than he bargained for, however. Someone
is murdering young women in Little Egypt and, what’s more,
people are flocking to see medium Julian Devereux’s shows
where he supposedly speaks to the dead. Flynn picks Julian
out for a phony, but perhaps he’s not one hundred percent
right about that. Julian’s visions of death are eerily on
the mark and Flynn is surprised to discover he’s attracted
to the vulnerable psychic. But a relationship between two
men in New York isn’t easy, never mind in small-town
Illinois. And that’s before Flynn takes into account the
killer lurking in their midst…
Clandestine love affairs mix with
murder and spirits – both of the otherworld and the
alcoholic kind – in the fast-moving The Dark Farewell.
Josh Lanyon sweeps readers away to Prohibition-era Illinois
where a cynical reporter meets his match in a disarmingly
sensual spirit medium. Flynn may be a hard-nosed reporter
but he’s forthright, honest, and protective which makes him
an appealing hero. Julian, as Flynn finds out, is
impossible to resist. He may look young and vulnerable, but
he’s not a pushover. He broke my heart a couple of times,
but I won’t give away spoilers to say why. I loved him and
Flynn together and wanting to see them find their way to
happily ever after kept me reading almost until dawn.
As with all of Mr. Lanyon’s stories,
The Dark Farewell is beautifully written.
Strains of Fatal Shadows, the first book in Mr.
Lanyon’s phenomenal Adrien English series, came through for
me in The Dark Farewell. While the books
themselves are not at all alike, the echoes of a
well-beloved story in the tone of a new tale made me smile,
and was comforting, like having an old friend nearby.
If I could wish for one thing in
The Dark Farewell it would be a more finished
conclusion. Mr. Lanyon never ties his stories off with a
bow, but the abruptness of the story’s ending had me
scrolling back and forth on my computer for a good minute,
sure that there were pages missing in my copy of the book.
Still, all in all I can say I greatly enjoyed The Dark
Farewell. Mr. Lanyon’s writing always
entertains and The Dark Farewell is no