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Into the night / Sarah Bailey.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
Physical Description:
404 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in 2018 by Allen & Unwin in Australia.
Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock must set aside her feelings of loneliness after her recent move to Melbourne in order to investigate the deaths of a homeless man and a famous actor, who are linked by the secrets they've been keeping -- adapted from cover description.


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After the shocking murder of a high-profile celebrity, Gemma Woodstock must pull back the layers of a gilded cage to discover who among the victim's friends and family can be trusted--and who may be the killer.
Troubled and brilliant, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock finds herself lost and alone after a recent move to Melbourne, brokenhearted by the decisions she's had to make. Her new workplace is a minefield and Detective Sergeant Nick Fleet, the partner she has been assigned, is uncommunicative and often hostile. When a homeless man is murdered and Gemma is put on the case, she can't help feeling a connection with the victim and his lonely, isolated existence.
Then Sterling Wade, an up-and-coming actor filming his breakout performance in a closed-off city street, is murdered in the middle of an action-packed shot, and Gemma and Nick have to put aside their differences to unravel the mysteries surrounding the actor's life and death. Who could commit such a brazen crime? Who stands to profit from it? Far too many people, and none of them can be trusted. Gemma can't imagine a pair of victims with less in common--and yet as Gemma and Fleet soon learn, both men were keeping secrets that may have led to their deaths.
With riveting suspense, razor-sharp writing, and a fascinating cast of characters, INTO THE NIGHT proves Sarah Bailey is a major new talent to watch in the world of literary crime fiction.

Author Notes

Sarah Bailey was born in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived all her life and currently resides with her two young sons. She has a degree in journalism and has a career in advertising. She is currently a partner at the creative agency Mr Smith.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The stabbing murder of Sterling Wade, a promising young actor, on a Melbourne movie set kick-starts Australian author Bailey's disappointing sequel to 2017's The Dark Lake. Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock digs into Sterling's complicated life and unearths several suspects: Brodie Kent, Sterling's roommate and same sex lover; Lizzie Short, Sterling's fiancAce; Riley Cartwright, Sterling's drug-addicted director; and Sterling's parents-who are on the brink of declaring bankruptcy and set to inherit his fortune. Meanwhile, Gemma struggles with her hot and cold relationship with partner Nick Fleet, and with her recent gut-wrenching decision to leave her school-age son with his father and move to the city. She's also troubled by the high priority placed on the Wade case at the expense of solving a homeless man's murder. Gemma's case seems to be going nowhere until she discovers evidence that proves Sterling and the homeless man were killed with the same murder weapon. Burdened by too many subplots, the story never gathers much steam and struggles to find its way. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Set in the author's hometown of Melbourne Bailey's second novel (after The Dark Lake) finds Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock and her partner Nick Fleet desperate to solve two murders. The victims-one an elderly homeless loner, the other a rising star in the movie business-couldn't be less alike, but each was stabbed once in the heart. The latter case is particularly baffling. Sterling Wade was killed in the street, on camera, in the midst of a zombie attack with hundreds of extras swarming. He was so well liked that finding a motive and narrowing down potential killers is challenging. Gemma recently moved from a small town, and she struggles to find her place in the police department. Her investigating partner's sarcasm is an annoyance, and she misses her five-year-old son, who's back home with her ex. She finds it difficult to give up sleeping with strangers, despite being pursued by a handsome lawyer. Will she place herself and others at risk to solve the crimes? VERDICT Bailey delineates a host of characters with consummate skill. While the requisite twists are not always startling, the plot is pleasingly complex. Admirers of Nicci French's "Frieda Klein" series will enjoy this absorbing mystery.-Ron Terpening, formerly of Univ. of Arizona, Tucson © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.