French review of 'Promise'

La promesse, Tony Cavanaugh, traduction Paul Benita, Sonatine, paru le 12/04/2018, 22€

L’année dernière était paru L’affaire Isobel Vine, un polar tranquille (un peu à la Connelly), se déroulant à Melbourne. Premier titre traduit en français de Tony Cavanaugh, nous faisions ainsi connaissance avec Darian Richards, son enquêteur désabusé. Chouette roman, bien ficelé, laissant présager une nouvelle série sympathique.

Last year was the case of Isobel Vine, a thriller (similar to Connelly), taking place in Melbourne. First title translated into French by Tony Cavanaugh, we met Darian Richards, his disillusioned investigator. Nice novel, well put together, suggesting a new series friendly.

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Rachael McGuirk
'Promise' reviewed by New York Journal of Books

“Edgy and stylistically taut from beginning to end, Promise delivers a compelling and richly developed story. It is the kind of book that knowledgeable fans of the genre will love and appreciate.”

Top Homicide cop Darian Richards has been seeking out monsters for too long. He has promised one too many victim’s families that he will find the answers they need, and it’s taken its toll. 

After surviving a gunshot wound to the head he calls it quits and retires to the Sunshine Coast in an attempt to leave the demons behind. But he should have realized there are demons everywhere—no place is safe. 

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Rachael McGuirk
Black is back – Graeme Blundell, The Weekend Australian

There's a touch of Raymond lurking in Tony Cavanaugh's novels, the second of which, Dead Girl Sing is a cracker, though his work owes as much to recent American hardboiled fiction such as that of Robert Crais, Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke.

‘The black novel is mankind driven to madness in a bar or in the dark; it describes men and women whom circumstances have pushed too far, people whom existence has bent and deformed,’ Raymond wrote.

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Rachael McGuirk
'Promise' a review by My Cup and Chaucer

I really admire Tony Cavanaugh. Not only is Promise a terrifying crime debut, but it’s set in a place that’s only an hour away from where I live. I can’t imagine it would be easy to take a familiar environment and transform it into a serial killer’s playground, but the setting made it ten times creepier and a whole lot more enjoyable. Disclaimer: Tony Cavanaugh’s subject matter is intense. Not just Dark Places intense, but pedophilia and necrophilia intense. I’ll be honest, I was basically making this face half the time…

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'Make me come' - Tony Cavanaugh on the novel vs. the screen

'Tony, I want you to make me come.’

It was in the early 1990’s and I was sitting in a restaurant in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, having lunch, with an executive from the Nickelodeon TV network. I was in the process of writing a mini-series called Clowning Around which had been pre-bought by the BBC, ABC in Australia, TF1 in France and Nickelodeon in the US. I was having a script meeting. I was in the middle of eating a Caesar salad when the executive told me about my writing.

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Rachael McGuirk
Review: Kingdom of the Strong by Fiona Hardy

 "Cavanaugh’s writing is tight as a clenched fist" – Fiona Hardy, Readings

Darian Richards is a lost man. A man he has hunted for years has vanished again, presumably overseas. His lover is gone. The Noosa River, the one bank of water that affords him peace, is not doing its job. Early retirement is looking like it is not for him. But then: a visitor to the cabin he has retreated to. Victorian Police Commissioner Copeland Walsh – nicknamed Copland for his dedication – asking for his help. He needs to retire, and be replaced. But his replacement, Nick Racine, has a cloud over his past, involving an unresolved death of an 18-year-old woman in 1990.

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Rachael McGuirk