The Gift of Darkness (A Detective Alice Madison Novel #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the A Detective Alice Madison Novel series.

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One of the best mysteries I have read this year, Giambanco
combines fascinating characters with an intricate plot that will keep you guessing.  Seattle and the rain shrouded Hoh River Valley
in the Olympics, are the perfect setting. 
Detective Alice Madison, a rookie on the murder squad, and Detective Sergeant
Brown are called out to the scene of a horrific murder of a family, two young
boys and their parents, in a quiet upscale neighborhood, a place more likely to
be the scene of a family barbeque than a brutal crime.  Detective Madison lives just a few short
blocks away, in the home she inherited from her grandparents.  Soon a link will be discovered to the
kidnapping of three young boys twenty five years ago in the Hoh River Valley,
two survived and one vanished.  Suspicion
quickly centers on a man known to police. 
Yet something seems wrong to Detective Madison.  The killer left a message at the crime scene,
thirteen days, the detectives are on a tight time frame.  They want to solve the crime before they face
whatever he has in store on the thirteenth day. 
All of the characters in this story are fascinating, often marked by
adversity but rising in unique and interesting ways.  It would be a pleasure to read about them
again.

— Deon Stonehouse

One of the best mysteries I have read this year, Giambanco combines fascinating characters with an intricate plot that will keep you guessing.  Seattle and the rain shrouded Hoh River Valley in the Olympics, are the perfect setting.  Detective Alice Madison, a rookie on the murder squad, and Detective Sergeant Brown are called out to the scene of a horrific murder of a family, two young boys and their parents, in a quiet upscale neighborhood, a place more likely to be the scene of a family barbeque than a brutal crime.  Detective Madison lives just a few short blocks away, in the home she inherited from her grandparents.  Soon a link will be discovered to the kidnapping of three young boys twenty five years ago in the Hoh River Valley, two survived and one vanished.  Suspicion quickly centers on a man known to police.  Yet something seems wrong to Detective Madison.  The killer left a message at the crime scene, thirteen days, the detectives are on a tight time frame.  They want to solve the crime before they face whatever he has in store on the thirteenth day.  All of the characters in this story are fascinating, often marked by adversity but rising in unique and interesting ways.  It would be a pleasure to read about them again.

— Deon Stonehouse

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"Beautifully haunting prose, fascinating characters, interesting and surprising plotting, and I'm smitten with the Seattle/Olympic Peninsula setting." --Reader 5-Star Review

"impossible to stop reading until the last page in each book" --Reader 5-Star Review

"riveting race to the end"--Reader 5-Star Review

Twenty-five years ago in the woods by the Hoh River near Seattle, three boys were kidnapped. One never came home.

Last night, a family of four was found brutally murdered, the words 'thirteen days' carved near their lifeless bodies.

Homicide Detective Alice Madison - a one-time child runaway with a murky past - now spends her life hunting down the very worst humanity has to offer. Madison has a hunch that the two murders are linked . . . and she has thirteen days to prove it.

To stop a psychopath, Madison returns to the woods to confront the unsolved mystery of the Hoh River Boys. She must forget her training and follow her instincts to the terrifying end as enemies become allies and, in the silent forest, time is running out to save another life.

Discover more Detective Alice Madison with the next installments of the gripping series --The Dark, Blood and Bone, and Sweet After Death.

About the Author


Valentina Giambanco was born in Italy and moved to London to pursue a university degree in English and Drama. After working as at a classical music retailer and bookshop, Giambanco became a film editor's apprentice in a 35mm cutting room. Since then has worked on many award-winning British and American films, including Donnie Brasco, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Secrets and Lies. Often visiting family in the Seattle region, Giambanco is a fan of such local spots as Eagle Harbor Book Co., the Athenian Inn in Pike Place Market, the Steelhead Diner The Gift of Darkness, Giambanco's debut novel, has been published in twelve countries. She lives in London.

Praise For…


"Giambanco keeps the suspenseful plot moving with the assured pacing of the film editor that she is . . . she has created a series-worthy star in Madison, a complex young woman striving to put her own troubled past behind her . . . Hopefully, she's got more in store for Madison's well-earned return."—Publishers Weekly

"Giambanco is a name to watch . . . ...her Madison series will steadily grow in reputation as it expands."—The Daily Mail


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"A creepy, effective serial killer tale"—Sun

"This is a great debut...you won't put this one down"—Globe and Mail-Canada
Product Details
ISBN: 9781623656522
ISBN-10: 1623656524
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: A Detective Alice Madison Novel