Moody and macabre with an Edgar Allan Poe feel to it, this book leaves an uncomfortable, indelible impression that can't be shaken by simply putting it down.
Moore channels the moody intensity of Raymond Chandler's crime fiction and saturates The Dark Room with the brooding cinematic qualities of the mid-20th century's black-and-white film noir genre.
With this second electrifying noir thriller, readers won't want to wait until 2018, when the third, The Night Market, is scheduled for publication.
An intricate thriller... Moore, a terrific stylist, provides telling procedural details and makes good use of the Bay Area setting.
Combines a storytelling style reminiscent of Michael Connelly's with plotting and characterization that will put you in the mind of Raymond Chandler ... The result is a novel that is remarkable in every possible way ... I did not want THE DARK ROOM to end. Ever. I wanted to keep reading page after page after tragic page, or, better yet, hop in the car and make that long drive to San Francisco for (probably) one last time, to walk up and down the streets and around the blocks where the story plays out. That is how truly good and mesmerizing this novel is. It is one of those rare books of such quality on every level that one is immediately prompted to catch up on the author's backlist, regardless of whether or not you habitually read mysteries and thrillers.
I did not want THE DARK ROOM to end. Ever.
Sharply conceived and even more sharply written ... you won't find [Cain's] equal anywhere this side of Michael Connolly's Harry Bosch.
This one will also have you working hard to avoid paper cuts as you breeze through the pages.
An exceptionally deft and literate thriller that marks out Jonathan Moore as an exciting emerging talent in American noir crime fiction.
Compelling: a stunning story.
An exceptionally deft and literate thriller that marks out Jonathan Moore as an exciting emerging talent in American nori crime fiction.