By Jennifer Jackson / October 11, 2019

Paris is a city renowned for its haute couture and its gourmet cuisine. To Toni Corrigan, a grad student and self-proclaimed cataphile, Paris is her oyster waiting to be explored. With her own official access to the quarries granted through FranceTech, Toni can sate her exploring desire. Sadiqi, an inspector general with thorough knowledge of international terrorism, finds himself in pursuit of a new threat called the Nightingale. The cop and the student each follow the clues on their own and dive deeper down the rabbit hole. The small attacks are only the beginning…

City of Dark is a captivating contemporary thriller set in (and under) Paris. Fans of the city will feel an intense connection through the vivid descriptions throughout the novel. The story is incredibly complex with a dizzying array of motives and possible bad guys. Passion for the mystery enshrouding the catacombs makes the journey beneath exciting and a little frightening. The terrorism angle feels fresh and unexplored. If you enjoy a literary nail-biter, this novel is for you!

Claire Dickinson is a gifted and creative author. Buckle up and settle in for a 150 kilometer-per-hour under and above ground thrill ride. City of Dark will keep you guessing until the end!

***** (5-star rating)

The new thriller by C.H. Dickinson

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The Paris catacombs.  The city’s subterranean shadow.  Hundreds of kilometers of underground tunnels.  A land of history and legend.  Where the underground explorer treads a fine line between reality and irreality.  Below the City of Light, this is the City of Dark.

As the top inspector on the counter-terror squad, Khalid Sadiqi thought he knew everything there was to know about the city’s weak spots.   Twenty years on the counter-terrorism brigade have hardened him.  But even he is rattled when he arrives at Val de Grace military hospital and discovers that not only has the Prime Minister been assassinated, but the catacombs were used by the killer to break into the secure facility.  As if that weren’t enough, the killer has left behind puzzling messages making the attack feel like a warped game of cat-and-mouse.  

As the link to the catacombs crystallizes, Sadiqi teams up with Antonia Corrigan, a vibrant foreign engineering student who enlightens him on the world below the city. Not only does she have intricate knowledge of the underground layout, she also knows all the myths and legends that will provide deeper insight into the case.

But will her knowledge of the tunnels below ground be enough to stop the mayhem above? †

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