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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,222 ratings  ·  144 reviews
In West Hollywood, journalist Adam Murphy is abruptly fired while chasing a career-making story. A Marine pilot is killed when his helicopter spirals into the Pacific Ocean -- and Adam suspects the death was not accidental. Battling his own demons in a city of temptations, Adam pursues the truth alongside his new boss, a famous curmudgeonly mystery writer, and discovers mo ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Pocket Star (first published August 1st 2004)
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Santino Hassell
I can see why this is known to be Christopher Rice's most controversial novel to date. Light Before Day is part detective novel, part thriller, and a definite sneaky expose on the sordid past (and present) of sexual predators in Hollywood. Particularly sexual predators who prey on young men.

The novel follows Adam Murphy, a young gay man struggling with alcohol dependency, as he tries to prove his salt as an investigative journalist amid the glitz, glamour, and alcohol and drug drenched streets o
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Matt
I like this book by Christopher Rice, but I still think my favorites of his are A Density of Souls and The Snow Garden.

In this novel, the story deals with a gay man who really, really wants to be a "real" journalist, and is fired at this glossy gay rag that specializes in pics of gorgeous gay men modeling underwear. He stumbles on a way to investigate why a series of gay men have been found murdered and wonders if a serial killer in on the loose targeting gay men. He is also angered that the mai
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C.W.
Christopher Rice may be the son of ultra-famous Anne Rice, reigning queen of the Gothic novel whose lush, supernatural tales have changed forever how readers look at vampires, witches and ghosts, but he's inherited more than his share of her talent, plus his unique voice to boot.

This is the third novel of his I've read so far, following "Density of Souls" and "The Snow Garden", and thus far, it is my favorite. In Adam Murphy, a young reporter whose emotional baggage is compounded by an irascible
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Buck
In his third novel, Christopher Rice truly begins to bloom as a mystery-thriller novelist. His first two works involved high school and college age teenagers caught in various mysterious circumstances. This work expands his range to a more urban mystery.

His main character, Adam, finds himself struggling as a reporter for "Glitz" magazine, a gay men's rag in Los Angeles. Adam wants to bring "real stories" to the magazine but is thwarted by his editor who continually prefers to print light hearted
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Toni
This is a bit of an unusual review because it’s going to give little information about the story involved. Light Before Day is written by Christopher Rice, son of Anne Rice of Interview with the Vampire fame. Many will probably say he’s riding on his mother’s famous coat tails, but this novel will prove them wrong.

In an afterword to the book, the author has a dialogue with his mother in which he says he wants to write a novel a la Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. In Light Before Day, he’s
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Punk
Fiction. Yes, Christopher, son of Anne, but don't worry, he doesn't use the word preternatural once, and even gets some great lines in, like: "Around six, I thought about getting some dinner the way some people think about buying a vacation home." Unfortunately, as much as Christopher loves using two or three metaphors a paragraph, his success rate is really only fifty percent. Some aren't very good, some I couldn't even decipher, but he tries hard. This is nominally a mystery. Our main characte ...more
Mendy
I couldn't wait for my sister's copy so I bought myself one! Biggest waste of &6.50 ever. I have liked the two other books I have read by Christopher Rice, I can't say that about this one. I don't even know where to start. There were to many characters, I couldn't keep up with who was who for the majority of the book. The book also had to many twist and turns that were so unbelievable! The other two books have been more charactered based with a plausible plot. This one was to far out there a ...more
Artemiz
Christopher Rice's Light Before Day is a really good criminal mystery that keeps you on your toes through all the book.

It's a story about recovering alcoholic journalist, who stumbles on a story about lost boys, exploding meth labs, vigilante, pedophiles, old grudges, revenges and ex lovers. The story is filled with many different story lines, many different villains and through all the story I came up with many different outcomes, but at the end all those ideas of mine didn't hit the mark at al
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Goose
If you've read Christopher Rice before there are no surprises here. A bunch of characters run around having sex, doing drugs, drinking, and many of them are up to no good/illegal things. This one has more of a tone of a mystery and less gothic details and is also a little less over-the-top than the other books I've read by this author. I did enjoy how all the disparate parts of the plot came together in the end. A fun read for me. If you liked his previous books you will like this one. If you di ...more
Holly
I've read a little over 1/4 of this book. It's well written, and it's a fairly decent book, but for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, I am having trouble focusing on this book. I really think it's just because there's so much going on in it. I'm going to unfortunately have to take a break from this one and try again later.
Ashley
Mar 27, 2015 Ashley rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
I entered to win this via the Goodreads: First Reads giveaways. I didn't win it but my brother did. After borrowing it from him... boy, am I glad I didn't win.

As evident by my shelving, I did not finish this book. I made it to the end of the sentence that was started on page 256 and ended on 257. I don't even care enough to just skip to the end of the book to see how the story played out.

I have no problem that the main character, Adam, was gay. In fact this book was a lot less sexual than I th
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Mina
After several weeks of trying to get into this one, I did something I have not done since high school -- I gave up on a book with no intention of going back.

This one was poorly written, choppy, and full of puns that even made *me* cringe (I love a good pun). I think Chris Rice must have been trying to write a mystery in almost a "flim-noir" style. Dark protagonist, beautiful victim (his twist: victim and protagonist are both gay), dangerous mystery, and gag-worthy similes and other terrible met
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Andres
Right away I read this as an 'updated' version of a Raymond Chandler type novel ('The Big Sleep' specifically since I spent a lot of time long ago analyzing both the book and the movie)---and by saying 'updated' I'm showing my lack of experience with more contemporary hard-boiled fiction.

With the various California locations, characters ranging from filthy rich to dirt poor, drug makers, sellers, and users, sexual depravity, mansions in the hills, yachts in the ocean, assassins for hire---this
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Fabian
If a semi-good whodunnit had a stomach-churning noir feel with all characters gay guys... well, you'd have "Light Before Day."

Christopher Rice exercises his writing muscles more than his mother- but he is not a better writer. He seems intent on writing mysteries with sprawling narratives... he is courageous in that aspect.

I did not appreciate the main character: an alcoholic gay guy with nothing but intuition. Yes-- this thing is what is loveable in characters like Sookie Stackhouse, but here i
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Jade
What started as a really good and interesting read began to bore me near the end. The action never stopped, the suspense never stopped, but nor did the constant changes to the plot line and the constant conspiracy theories. Just when I'd get into the book, figure out who the bad guys were and cosy up for the hell ride, something dramatic would once again change events and the direction of the novel. I'm all up for a great 'who done it', but not one where all evidence points in one direction (e.g ...more
Kelly
There's no doubt that Christopher Rice is a prodigiously talented writer, or that Light Before Day is an ambitious and gritty work of fiction. From this reader's perspective, the novel could have benefited, though, from a slight reigning in of that ambition. I lost count of the number of theories of crimes and criminals the narrative sets up, only to knock them down with new revelations and developments a few chapters or a few pages later. What really makes this novel sing is the nuance with whi ...more
ScottK
I would have liked to be able to say that I loved this book, since Gay fic is pretty hard to come by here on the island, but alas I can not say that. It was cheesy in some parts (with lines like "his eyes were so blue he needed two pool boys just to maintain them")in other parts it was boring and I just couldn't get into it as well as I did with The Snow Garden which I loved. Will I give him another chance ? Most likley I will,like I said, it is hard to get good gay fic here. I can't wait to get ...more
Patricia

Ok I really liked this book but I felt at the beginning that he was trying a little too hard at a complex story line . As I started to read , I started to fall in love with his writing and his characters . He takes us on such a rollercoaster ride as you try to figure out what is happening
This book is full of haunted characters . Adam is recovering from a bad breakup and the bad memories of an alcoholic mother. He is fighting hard not to follow in her footsteps. He really wants to become a jour
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Indra Vaughn
Gritty, raw and real with surprising moments of tenderness as well as gut-punching heartbreak. I lost sleep over this book--totally worth it.
Gerry Kelly
An interesting look at the drug culture of young men and particularly gay men. A thriller that takes a little reading to get you interested and then you can't put it down. Lots of interesting twists and turns that keep you guessing what is going to happen next! Another winner from Christopher Rice. How do all these stories come together is not revealed until the very end....so this is great read.
Jennifer
Not as soapy as The Snow Garden or A Density of Souls, and while I enjoyed the mystery for the most part, there were so many twists and turns that I lost track of characters and ultimately didn't have much invested in how it turned out. Also, our protagonist was a bit too arrogant for me.
Erin
Not proud for having finished this one. I'm not sure what f'ed up stuff Christopher Rice has seen, but I don't want to read a book about it. It's a shame - he's not a bad writer, and I recall enjoying his first book, but this one is a mess - ugly subject matter, and not at all engrossing.
Kit
Too many characters to keep straight, too many plot turns to keep straight as well. Still, I read it all the way through, wanting to know the mystery's end, and I don't regret it.
Net
Adam Murphy wants to be a serious journalist. Instead he finds himself writing fluff about underwear and buff bodies for a gay magazine. A number of men go missing in Hollywood and Adam starts to suspect that there could be a serial killer targeting the gay community.

It is quite a complex plot - without giving too much away - and there are a myriad of characters stepping in and out of the story which does get a bit confusing at one point but it is a fast paced thriller and it doesn't disappoint
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Rhonda
2 words: Needlessly convoluted.
Rick Hunter
I received this book as part of Goodreads FirstReads program in return for my honest review. I'm not the biggest Anne Rice fan in the world, but I have really enjoyed a few of her books. When I heard that her son was writing, I was curious to see what his work was like. I was just as curious when I heard that Stephen King (who I am a super fan of) had a son that was writing. I had read some good things about Christopher Rice's book A Density of Souls. That made me want to read something of his e ...more
Amy Bellino
This is the third time I have read Light Before Day by Christopher Rice and I enjoy it more each time I have read it. This novel happens to be the very first novel I read by Mr. Rice and I am glad I didn’t listen to the bookstore clerk who told me not to buy it. I loved it from the moment I began reading and this book has made me a fan of his work.

Light Before Day is an intriguing tale of mystery and murder. The young journalist, Adam Murphy, has not only uncovered the story of a life time but d
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Jazz Crave
I'll admit that I first picked up this book becaus I'm a huge fan of his mother, but I didn't put the book down because of Christopher Rice.

Christopher knows how to keep the reader interested and peeling away at pages till they relize their nearly halfway through the novel. The novel opens with our protagonist who is struggling to keep his job at a campy gay magazine called "Glitz."

After losing his job Adam begains to work with a mystery writer notorious for stealing real life stories for his no
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Kathleen Hagen
Light before Day, by Christopher Rice, narrated by Dallas Roberts, produced by Hyperian Audio, downloaded from audible.com. B.

This book isn’t quite as good as the two I finished last month. Maybe he wrote it earlier. There are a lot of characters, and the plotting is less consistent with more confusion than in the other books. Still, it was a good book.

Publisher’s Note:
Twenty-five-year-old journalist Adam Murphy is chasing a career-making story when he is abruptly fired by the magazine that empl
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Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
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By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. He recently entered the erotic romance genre with three works in all new series called T ...more
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