July 9, 2014

Book Launch Parties for The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day

I'm excited to share some information about Lori Rader-Day's upcoming book launch parties here in central Indiana! Rader-Day's debut novel, The Black Hour, is actually one of the books selected for this month's Library Reads list (the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love--think of it as a nationwide staff picks list). I'm looking forward to reading it!

Book Launch Parties
JULY 24, 6 p.m.
Lebanon Public Library
104 E. Washington St., Lebanon, Indiana
Open to the public!

JULY 25, 7 p.m.
Indy Reads Books*
911 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana
Open to the public!

*This is my absolute favorite bookstore in the Indianapolis area. Go check it out!


The Black Hour: A Novel by Lori Rader-Day
For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic—until a student she’d never met shot her.

He also shot himself. Now he’s dead and she’s back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can’t let go: Why?

All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She’s 38 and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex—whom she may or may not still love—has moved on.

Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago’s violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother’s death, and his father’s disapproval. 

Assigned as Amelia’s teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can’t do. And meanwhile, he’s hoping she’ll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet.

Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.

“A terrific whydunnit! This dark page-turner of a puzzle—well-written, with bite and style and edge and simmering conflict—will keep you riveted from page one.”
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author

“You know how wonderful it is to find a novel that you hate to put down? Lori Rader-Day’s debut The Black Hour was just such a book for me. From its breathtakingly beautiful prose to its artful, escalating suspense, The Black Hour kept pulling me back for just one more page, one more chapter. If The Black Hour is any indication of what’s to come from this fresh new voice in fiction, then Rader-Day clearly has a fabulous career ahead of her.”
Julie Hyzy, New York Times–bestselling author

Lori Rader-Day (Chicago, IL) has published fiction in Good Housekeeping, where she won first place in the magazine’s first short-story contest; The Madison Review, which awarded her the 2008 Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction; TimeOut Chicago; Southern Indiana Review; Crab Orchard Review; and other journals and magazines. She lives in Chicago, where she is active in the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter, Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter, and International Thriller Writers. In addition, she is an instructor for Story Studio Chicago/North Shore, where she teaches mystery writing. The Black Hour is her first novel.

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