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Civil Twilight (Tunnel Island Book 3) by [Ryan, Iain]
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Praise for IAIN RYAN:


*** Shortlisted for the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Fiction ***


*** 4-star average ratings on Amazon for all novels on Amazon ***


*** "A canonical voice in contemporary noir" - Dead End Follies ***


A serial killer on the loose. A dark history rising up. Two cops on the brink.


A rich businessman is found dead on Tunnel Island. Constable Laura Romano immediately recognises a pattern: a serial killer is on the loose, killing tourists. With help from Jim Harris — a local heavy — Romano sets off in pursuit. But as the bodies pile up and political pressure mounts, Tunnel Island falls into disastrous disarray.


In a gritty tale of guilt, corruption and dangerous alliances, Civil Twilight showcases Iain Ryan's fast-pace style and heralds the arrival of a new voice in hardboiled crime.


Civil Twilight is the third book in a new series of crime mysteries. If you like hardboiled female protagonists, gritty crime mysteries, and a dash of tropical paradise, then you’ll love Iain Ryan’s fast-paced page-turner.


The Tunnel Island Series:


Book 0 (Prequel): Four Days, out now.


Book 1: Drainland, out now.


Book 2: Harsh Recovery, out now.


Book 3: Civil Twilight, out now.


An interview with Iain Ryan...


(Taken from The Grim Reader)


Let me start by asking why crime fiction? What is it about the genre that compels you to write these stories?


It’s what I know as a reader, that’s the main thing. But the great thing about crime fiction is that it’s such a broad umbrella. It seems to always provide some sort of context for what I want to write.


What or who are some of your influences when writing?


Iain: I went to a rural university and I had lots of down time. I started reading a lot of fiction. For whatever reason, the first book I picked up was Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. That’s a surprisingly noir novel for a mainstream bestseller. That got me interested. About a year later – after dozens of fairly routine crime potboilers – I picked up a copy of a magazine and for some reason there was an article in there about The Most Violent Fiction (or something like that). That introduced me to Bret Easton Ellis and James Ellroy and twenty years later, they remain two of my primary influences.


Tell us about your latest release…


Iain: Drainland is set twenty years after my debut Four Days, with some of the same characters. It’s a fairly dark, fairly brutal police procedural set on a fictional island off Australia’s east coast....Drainland draws in a lot things I love: Frank Miller’s Sin City, James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet, J.G. Ballard’s off-kilter settings, Ian Fleming’s tropics and so on. I’m writing the third book in the series at the moment and having a blast with it.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 285 pages
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  • Publisher: Lamb House Books; 1 edition (19 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XRQF91H
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars CIVIL TWILIGHT is a New Type of Police Procedural 11 April 2017
By David P. Nemeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Listening to Jay Stringer’s podcast, Hacks, Stringer had an interesting conversation with Josh Stallings who asked, “In American crime fiction, what does post-Ferguson America do with the cop procedural?” A damn good question.

Is the police procedural in the States and elsewhere dead? Not so much dead, just different. Iain Ryan’s Tunnel Island series is the evolution of the police procedural where there is no room for murder books, there is no right way to police, there are no heroes, there are only cops — and they are criminals, each one of them. Ryan’s Civil Twilight, the third in his Tunnel Island series, explores a world where the only difference between cops and criminals is the day job they hate.

"The constables— both annoyed, both now soaked through— conducted a half-arsed grid search of the area and turned up nothing. It was midday by the time the acting coroner arrived, Doctor Hooper. He was pissy about the rain. He stood over the body and shook his head and said, 'Yeah, he’s dead. Can I go back to the office now?'"

"Civil Twilight" continues the story of pseudo-partners Jim Harris and Laura Romano as they try to keep a kind of order that allows crime to flourish in a sort of Hamsterdam way. Harris and Romano are both past flawed, they are studies of anger and addiction, of force and folly, of murder and mayhem. They are everything you don’t want in a cop. Both may think they are on the road to recovery, they really have no idea where they are walking.

"They took his car but Bo drove. Harris directed him to a store not far from the house where he bought a short bottle. If Bo and Frank knew his history, they did a good job hiding it. Neither of them flinched. They sat up front and let him drink his way back to level."

At one point, Romano finds herself attracted to a potential suspect and men are one of the many things she has issues with.

"Romano sat in the sand and waited. She hated the melodrama of men but it was always this way with her. Her whole life, she had made difficult decisions for a living. Under pressure, she could react. She could do things other people seemed incapable of. She could arrive at a crime scene and work it. And before the transfer to Tunnel, she’d worked cases tirelessly, alert to connections and nuances that the other detectives around her often failed to see. At the end of those cases, she had often put herself in harm’s way and lived. Never thought much of it; just did it. But this, this part of her life— this part with men— was always a train wreck. It diminished her. The distraction of it. Should she or shouldn’t she call this man again? Should she even touch him? Sleep with him? She knew women half her measure who could f***-and-run without any of this. It didn’t make a lick of sense to her."

Ryan’s "Civil Twilight" succeeds at inventing something new, a police procedural that responds to our times rather than some glossed over Hollywood version of the heroic-damaged-misunderstood-audiophile detective, it is a place where life is thick with ambiguity and drowns in humanity’s disease. Ryan’s Tunnel Island series is a world of darkness where characters believe they are surviving, but unknowingly to them their existence is centered around trying not to eat a bullet, whether self-inflicted or a gift in the back of the head.
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine 5 Star Novel 6 May 2017
By Ron Batty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Highly recommended novel - Tunnel Island will blow your mind - This book is for all true Noir, Thriller, Hard-Boiled, Dark Crime readers and will not let you down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, very addictive!!! 3 April 2017
By T. Gomes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As ever, Iain Ryan's work is a must for fans of hard and dark noir fiction. You'll probably love it if, for example, you enjoy James Ellroy or Don Winslow. This stiff is seriously dark and addictive; it gives the reader a lurid fascination.

In some ways the darkest Tunnel novel to date (which, yeah, that's saying something), at times Civil Twilight pushes noir to real heights – or depths. It can be read as a unique, twisted character study of its two flawed protagonists. Which frankly I love: I want to read books with flawed characters. I'm not interested in the heroic or super-talented or super-attractive characters in many films or lesser novels.

Finally, Ryan knows his subject. He is clearly utterly in command of noir tropes, and his prose style is effortlessly impressive – concise, crafted.

Highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 1 April 2017
By Loretta Rawlins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a dark disjointed rambling book.

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