The Extinction Event
"Ignites in chapter one and blazes to the final page...a daring book by a daring man, this is by far the best conspiracy thriller in years. David Black's a superbly skilled author who can draw on down-and-dirty personal experiences that echo international headlines, lending his work an uncommon level of authenticity. Read this book!"
"David Black is a direct descendant of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Elmore Leonard. No one writing today does sizzling hard-boiled dialog better than Black. He delivers a knockout punch with his latest novel, The Extinction Event."
"Much more than a well-written detective novel, The Extinction Event goes in surprising, amazing directions. David Black uses an artist's touch in creating a story, and a master's skill in telling it."
"David Black writes like Raymond Chandler on meth. With a taut, spare, leather-tough style, he flash-freezes 21st Century America. Mystery has a new king, and his name is David Black."
"As vivid and enthralling as any movie. A rival for John Grisham, Black blends a revealing and cautionary tale with romance, erotic tension, and suspense to create a literate page-turner. A wondrous 21st Century thriller."
"For three decades, David Black has been one of our most significant cultural voices. He's delivered award-winning work in magazines, between hardcovers, and on the screen. His career would make any writer envious, and The Extinction Event is so good, so riveting, so entertaining that I'm envious. I wish I'd written it. It's the work of a major and multifaceted talent at the top of his game. Don't miss it."
"The Extinction Event by David Black is an electric thriller, crackling with action, believable characters, witty dialog, and fine, literate writing. The scientific twist at the end, which is as plausible as it is frightening, will shiver your soul. What a spectacular novel."
"The frightening power of The Extinction Event will stay with me for a long, long time. It's the kind of story that sweeps you up, then carries you far into a night of intense reading entertainment. And then you begin to think about it ... and -- well, you'll see what happens. Not to be forgotten."
"David Black's new novel The Extinction Event is an intelligent, well-written thriller that will keep you up all night reading, guessing, and enjoying. I can't wait to see the movie!"
"David Black’s new book is Raymond Chandler on the Hudson, Pablo Casals on the prowl, a swift, funny, engaging mystery. I could not put it down!!!"
"David Black has written a novel that is not only a literary tour de force, but a great read. I can hardly wait for the movie."
"There are always surprises within David's work, more so because he writes of the familiar and makes the familiar surprising. There are amazing surprises in this one."
"Hardboiled to perfection by a master of narrative alchemy. Here is a thriller yielding philosophical gold."
"A neo-noir, with that Marlowe voice and heavy-lidded attitude transported to upstate NY, to weird small town scenes, high and way low, that no one would ever stumble on but a desperate private citizen trying to investigate his way out of a bogus murder rap. As the bodies pile up, hard boiled dialogue, nasty sex, and extravagant violence ensue, and the specter of a powerful eco-conspiracy begins to take shape -- so Raymond Chandler meets Russell Banks meets Karen Silkwood -- until finally things get even bigger than that: as big as the title, posing a problem next to which all other problems pale to insignificance."
"A guilty pleasure. This sexy noir thriller spins an intriguing puzzle and then casually blackmails you into the next galaxy with the following: The trouble with immediate gratification is it takes too long. Few writers could handle the concept of humanity’s end time so well as author David Black does in this suspenseful novel The Extinction Event."
"I haven't been as hooked on a character since Mike Hammer ....or ....... Hold on tight, this novel has more dangerous twists and turns than the Taconic Parkway, where it takes place ..... or .... Who knew a couple of small towns on the Taconic Parkway could have so much sex, violence and intrigue ... apparently David Black, and he tells it all .... or ... The world created by David Black, it's provocative, surprising and dangerous...a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there....."
"A nonstop narrative train ride: from the textured, eccentric ordinariness of upstate New York through noir thriller to apocalyptic vision. As surprising and real as the early morning jogger who suddenly encounters Adam and Eve copulating on his path -- and jumps over them."
"This book is so intense, I feel like I've just been hit from behind in a dark alley. And the alley in question is the ever-fertile, ever engaging imagination of David Black."
"This is a really fun read. It's chock-full of characters you'd like to run into (and some you wouldn't) -- Hudson Valley lowlifes, warped aristocrats, black ops killers -- all spun around a plot that's utterly fantastic, until you start to think about it. Cheers to Jack Slidell and Caroline Wonder."
"A compelling yarn filled with crisp and crackling dialogue and more twist and turns then on any roller coaster."
"David Black is a master screenwriter and novelist. Just when you think he's done it all, he gives us The Extinction Event. This is one of those books you'll put down and wonder if Hollywood can possibly make the movie as riveting."
"In David Black’s The Extinction Event one inexplicable murder plus one relentless investigation equals too much scary information. And when things go this bad, this fast, sometimes all you can do is laugh like hell and hard-boiled horror cracks wise in The Extinction Event like a beaten, bloodied Bogart racing to cover the Apocalypse for the Inter-Galactic Herald Tribune. Black teases-out the outlines of a terrifying future while painting the present with a ghostly, water-wash of echoes from the dead, like history’s own cinematographer pulling focus from multiple dimensions. His dark vision projects us into a looming cosmic crime scene: scary, harsh and worst of all, possibly prescient. There is flat-out not enough yellow police tape on Earth to contain The Extinction Event."
"David Black's The Extinction Event is a master storyteller at his superb best. It is smart and sexy, and full of memorable characters being human in constantly surprising ways. I couldn't put it down."
"The Extinction Event is entertaining, engrossing and enlightening. Black's new novel outdoes Thomas Pynchon channeling Elmore Leonard. No one will ever think about this picturesque corner of rural New York State the same again. A thrilling ride full of disturbing surprises."
"David Black’s prose soars majestically above a landscape of mystery and intrigue. The Extinction Event, with it’s irresistible characters, devilishly clever plot twists, and stunning conclusion, is a phenomenal work destined to become a classic."
"Scary, provocative, sexy, haunting in a very important way -- what more can one want in a book?"
"David Black writes extremely well, with a style that has verve and that is gritty and real. There is balance and harmony to the book. This is a terrific read with its grim actuality and tight plot and a moral center that elevates it above any genre."
Professor of Medieval Slavic Literature
Professor of International and Area Studies
Master, Pierson College
"Sleaze, grit and hope under the heavens: like its hard-boiled characters who use wit to survive in the dregs of rural New York, The Extinction Event teaches us a delicate art of living in a world in decay. Beginning as if it were of the tawdry color of neo-noir, the novel brings us language that crackles and bristles with excitement and even the warmth of promise. It is, in the strongest philosophical sense, an event."
Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor
Romance Languages and Visual Studies
"David Black, triple-threat master storyteller on the big and small screens, has brought to these pages a riveting thriller as only he could. THE EXTINCTION EVENT is a non-stop tale for today with a heart-stopping glimpse of our future."