City Dark Pdf Summary Reviews By Roger A. Canaff

City Dark Pdf is a Legal Mystery Thriller novel By Roger A. Canaff. A vanished mother, the grip of darkness, a lifelong mystery. Forty years later, a prosecutor faces them all again, this time as a murder suspect in a pulse-pounding legal thriller of psychological suspense. Read a summary of this book below as well as get a copy and enjoy!

City Dark Book Summary

On a steaming night in 1977, New York City is plunged into darkness and two boys, Joe and Robbie, are abandoned by their mother, Lois. Forty years to the day after this unforgivable moment, Joe is a hard-drinking ADA and Lois has resurfaced: Joe wakes from another alcoholic fog to learn she’s been found murdered on a Coney Island beach.

Joe throws himself into his work, struggling to reconcile his memories of Lois with the relative stranger found by the NYPD. And when another murder hits close to home and DNA links Joe to both crimes, he sinks deeper into the abyss. Joe can’t remember a thing. His last hope as the evidence mounts against him is Aideen Bradigan, a brilliant and dogged lawyer from his past.

It will take Aideen’s drive and Joe’s own shrewd legal mind to uncover a potentially terrifying truth―and to shatter the devastating secrets that claw back to that fateful night in the dark.


About Roger A. Canaff Author Of City Dark Pdf Book

Roger A. Canaff
Roger A. Canaff

Roger A. Canaff Author of City Dark Pdf is a well-known child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, author and public speaker. A former Special Victims prosecutor, he has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children. He has worked as a prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia, the Bronx, New York, and as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of New York as well as a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association, Child Abuse Unit. He has also trained U.S. Army prosecutors on Special Victims cases as a Highly Qualified Expert. He is currently a partner and consultant with You can connect with him on these following Handles:

City Dark pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

City Dark Pdf
City Dark Pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (October 1, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 351 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1542039541
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1542039543
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #22,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1,123 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
  • #1,319 in Police Procedurals (Books)
  • #1,353 in Murder Thrillers
  • Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars    4,952 ratings

City Dark Book Reviews

William de Rham


5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent (but very dark) legal thriller.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 1, 2022

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“City Dark: A Thriller” by Roger Canaff is an excellent legal thriller set in New York City in July 1977 and 2017. I’m more than a hundred pages into it, almost a third of the way through, and can’t wait to find out how it all ends.

On the hot, muggy, storm-filled night of July 13, 1977, the City of New York experiences a total blackout. Driving along the West Side Highway, single mother Lois DeSantos and her two young boys run out of gas. Leaving Robbie and Joe in the car, Lois goes for help. She never comes back.

Now, 40 years later, Joseph DeSantos is a respected Assistant Attorney General litigating the commitment of sex offenders to state mental health facilities. He’s also a raging alcoholic, high functioning most of the time, but occasionally subject to blackouts.

When an apparently homeless Lois is found murdered on the beach at Coney Island, Joe can’t say positively that it’s his mother because it’s been such a very long time since he’s seen her. But he does have a foggy recollection of seeing this woman only recently. He just can’t remember where or when or why. Nor can he explain a certain pair of sandy shoes in his garage or how the Reggie Jackson baseball card he gave to his mother on the night of the blackout is now in his possession.

“City Dark” couldn’t be a more appropriate title. The novel is exceedingly dark, dealing as it does with murder, rape, alcoholism, child abandonment, pedophilia, mental illness, and homelessness. But it’s so very well written. The prose and dialogue are descriptive and believable. Chapters are short and to the point and move the story along at a brisk pace. And the research is first-rate, especially in terms of police and legal procedure, what it means to be a high-functioning alcoholic, and even what New York City was like in the summer of 1977 and on the night of the blackout.

Also impressive are the characters Mr. Canaff has created, especially Joe DeSantos. Yes, he’s deeply flawed. But we care about him, even with those flaws, because he never stops trying to do the right thing, even when he doesn’t want to.

And the mystery is so absorbing. What happened to Lois that night? How did she come to be homeless? Who murdered her and why? Did Joe have anything to do with it? And will he be able to “turn the page” regarding his alcoholism and find a fulfilling life? Prior to “City Dark,” I’d never read anything by Mr. Canaff. But based on what I’ve read so far, I look forward to reading his previous and future works.

UPDATE: I finished this early yesterday and thought it held up very well. The solution to the mystery reveals itself slowly and, IMO, is well supported by the characters’ motivations.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The past shaped the future of the main character
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 24, 2022

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Joe and his older brother were abandoned by their mother forty years before the events of the main story. Joe becomes a successful attorney though his past contributes to turning him an alcoholic. Joe’s mother appears after forty years to try to reunite with her sons but is murdered and Joe is arrested. Did he kill her while drunk or is something else at play here. The story flashes back many times to the events on the day the boys were abandoned. We slowly learn how the events of that day shaped the future of both boys. City Dark is a good read.


5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough?
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 24, 2022

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A fascinating story, told superbly in two parallel timelines 40myears apart. The infamous New York City blackout of 1977 is a backdrop of the travails and tribulations of a broken family of a mother and two male siblings five years apart in age, abandoned by their mother during total darkness near Riverside Park, New York City.
The thriller in the story is about what became of the two boys and their mother, as all three are influenced by the manipulation of a person of superb intellect combined with unlimited monetary resources–a poisonous amalgam of real and symbolic darkness.Diamond in the rough? Hardly. It is a polished, shining diamond written by a talented professional. I am sorry I couldn’t give this book more than five stars.

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