The Violet Hour

The Violet Hour

By Daniel Judson

Minotaur Books, Paperback, 9780312383589, 293pp.

Publication Date: October 12, 2010


In Daniel Judson's powerful thriller, Bridgehampton mechanic Caleb Rakowski gets paid under the table at his friend Eric Carver's auto repair shop and lives in an apartment above it. He's good at his job and he's making a decent living, but right now he's sheltering a pregnant friend who'll do anything to keep her abusive husband away from her. Cal has sworn to protect her. Little does he know, though, the trouble destined to come down over the course of three days Mischief Night, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead when he learns the truth about his friend and boss Eric Carver and what he's been hiding all these years.

Daniel Judson is a craftsman of modern noir, an incredible talent in the vein of Ellroy or Chandler. Like his previous novels, "The Violet Hour" is tightly drawn, hauntingly atmospheric, and completely searing.

About the Author
Rabbi Daniel Judson, spiritual leader of Temple Beth David of the South Shore in Canton, Massachusetts, is coeditor of The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal and coauthor of The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body and Mind during Pregnancy, Birth and the First Three Months (both Jewish Lights). He is a frequent guest speaker at both Jewish and Christian congregations.

Praise For The Violet Hour

Praise for Daniel Judson

“[Judson] mines Long Island’ South Fork for glittering noir nuggets.”
--Publishers Weekly on The Violet Hour

“In the cutthroat game of Survivalist Poker, Cal can wheel and deal with the worst of them.”
--Kirkus Reviews on The Violet Hour

“Daniel Judson is so much more than a crime-fiction novelist. He’s a tattooed poet, a mad philosopher of the Apocalypse fascinated with exploring the darkest places in people’s souls.”
--Chicago Tribune on The Water’s Edge

“Action packed. . . . It’s noir on ice.”
--USA Today on The Darkest Place