Reviews | Written by Alister Davison 07/12/2021

SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT

It’s late 1930s Hollywood and when Joh Devlin, an insubordinate investigator for the DA’s office, asks author Raymond Chandler and actor Boris Karloff to help him with a case, the pair are more than happy to oblige. What follows is a hard-boiled delve into the darker recesses of the movie industry, with murder and conspiracy aplenty, a fictional cocktail laced with noir and spiced with old-fashioned pulp.

Newman’s tale is a homage and more, a showcase for his trademark wit and unassailable knowledge of the movies. Chandler and Karloff are delightful, a duo who have more in common than the reader first realises, and they learn about and from each other as the story progresses. Newman also weaves facts within this tale – showing that the truth can often be more outlandish than faction – although it’s hard to tell one from the other until his afterword. Involving an actor most famous for a particular role, it’s also a discourse on monsters and our fascination with them; the creatures found within these pages are at once beguiling and terrifying, yet often all too human.

Something More Than Night is huge fun from start to finish; Newman transports the reader back in time to offer an investigation unlike any other, a finely-crafted tribute to the characters and plots of early detective fiction and mystery novels, possessing an atmosphere that is utterly unique. As a standalone story, it works brilliantly, but we’d love to see more from this duo in the future.