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Cass Neary made her name in the 70s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame. 

Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Down East, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and she finds one final shot at redemption.

©2008 Elizabeth Hand (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Jake Marley
  • 27-10-20

My Favorite Novel

This is a spectacular recording of my favorite novel. Cass Neary is the Ghost of Punk (figuratively speaking), barely haunting the world in a post-9/11 NYC. When she's offered a gig to interview one of her dark photography heroes, Cass gets caught up in a thriller of damaged hearts and desolate islands of the Maine coast.

Elizabeth Hand's writing is needle-sharp, and her eclectic cast of characters--Cass most of all--comes to life with the voice of Carol Monda.

If you find the darkness beautiful and the music you hear in your head has a heart-racing drumbeat, give this book a chance. It's the first of a series, and it's unforgettable. I've listened to this recording a few times now, and it gets better every run through.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • E.
  • 16-07-19

Binge- listened

What drives an artist to create? Like the work of her characters, Hand creates memorable images that straddle the analog and digital worlds.

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  • AKNorth
  • 14-02-21

unique story with cool voice.

I will carry Cassandroid with me for awhile. I really need not say more, 15 words is too many.

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  • GLD
  • 10-04-21

Wow!

Best mystery I have read in a long while. Great protagonist and ancillary characters. I hope it is a series.

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  • Islandgirl
  • 25-03-21

Dragging on like a tooth being pulled slowly

35 minutes left, and we finally get more information.

I heard mostly chatter. I understand people love this book. Tis not for me.

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  • Mary
  • 13-01-21

Too dark

Hard to like a heroine who is, for no reason other than to show how damaged she is, a liar and a thief.

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  • impac
  • 03-01-21

I wish there were negative stars.

I have not heard enough to say anything about the story. All I heard was the first few moments before my desire for entertainment was assailed by crass, vulgar language that diminishes decency and civility. I do not understand the hunger for profanity by listeners/readers nor the willingness of the educated to give in and feed that degrading infatuation. It does not elevate the listener. Using school-yard language does not make a person sound 'grown-up' or 'tough', just sad.