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Light Before Day

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  2,393 Ratings  ·  156 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
Jul 24, 2015 Santino Hassell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, favorite, thriller, drugs
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
Aug 09, 2013 C.W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tully Vincent
Gritty story with a plethora of twists and turns, too many in fact... to the point that it became convoluted and almost unbelievable. To go with that was a large cast of characters, most of which weren't so well-fleshed out. Some of the writing was great, but then would come descriptions that left me scratching my head and saying "Huh? What?"

This had potential and I kept going hoping... hoping. But each time I felt a spark of connection or a hope that it was going to go somewhere that would tru
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
Oct 10, 2011 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2007 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
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
Aug 19, 2016 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: Artemiz
The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.

For a book that's supposed to keep me on the edge of my seat and intrigued the entire time, this one bored me way too much. I don't even know exactly why, but it wasn't possible for me to get into this book and therefore I didn't really care for the hero Adam and his quest. I read the story in random chunks and I somehow found quite a few other things to occupy my time with when instead I should have been engrossed b
Oct 03, 2016 Fabian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2009 Mendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2015 Artemiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
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
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.

Okay, so I've tried to finish this about 4 times now, and I just can't do it. I regret it, because it isn't terrible, but I just feel as though this isn't a book for
Mar 04, 2012 Goose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2011 Andres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 27, 2015 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  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
Aug 11, 2008 Mina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
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
Dec 16, 2015 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
Twenty something and openly gay, Adam Murphy has hopes of being a serious investigative reporter, but any attempts in his present job are frustrated by his boss. But troublesome events in the Los Angeles gay community soon take over, events that cause him to loose his job but at the same time open the way to a new opportunity as assistant to best selling author James Wilton. Wilton wants Adam to investigate these events as potential material for his next novel. Adam soon finds himself not just i ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Jade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Dec 24, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2008 ScottK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gayfiction
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
Gerry Kelly
Dec 31, 2011 Gerry Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction, a-own
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 this is great read.
Nov 13, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Indra Vaughn
Jan 05, 2015 Indra Vaughn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gritty, raw and real with surprising moments of tenderness as well as gut-punching heartbreak. I lost sleep over this book--totally worth it.
Feb 23, 2012 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 30, 2011 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 words: Needlessly convoluted.
Oct 10, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning I thought this was the type of mystery you by at the airport paperback rack. (Do they still have those?) As I read further I became more and more engaged.
As to be expected it starts off a little slow with the introduction of characters and plot points and builds in information and intrigue, but as a well written mystery is constructed once you get 2/3 through it you are so involved you can't wait to see how it turns out.
It is a very convoluted story, with maybe too many characte
Patrick Powell
Oct 06, 2016 Patrick Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read.

I have been a fan of Christopher's since his first book moved me. This one did not let me down.
Rick Hunter
Apr 06, 2015 Rick Hunter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
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
Jul 30, 2010 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Christopher Rice's books I have read, and clearly I need to read more. The plot of the mystery his protagonist set out to solve was convoluted, to say the least, but not incoherent. For all its twists and turns, it proceeded organically and I never felt the author was throwing in red herrings for the hell (or the page count) of it. All of the threads--even the oddly-textured ones that didn't seem to fit--wound together in the end and the protagonist reached the end by dint o ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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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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