Richard C Hemingway and the novel Past Twilight: Mainstream fiction stirred with Mystery,
Suspense, Thriller, Action/Adventure and more than a smidgen of Science Fiction and humor. And yes, all served up
by a hard boiled detective.
Occupying the sparsely populated genre of science-fiction noir, Hemingway’s debut
blends the extraterrestrial with the classic tale of the one that got away.
Twenty-six years after the stormy night that forever changed the life of Hemingway’s
unnamed protagonist, an alien approaches him and offers him an opportunity of which so many men dream—to do it
all again with the gift of at least partial hindsight. What if he could return to the night that he let
lovely bartender Jan get away? Not only could he potentially be united with the one woman he ever truly loved,
but he could save her life in the process—this is not merely a second chance at love, but the opportunity to
stop a murder.
The mystery, however, is much deeper and more confusing than our protagonist first
thought. The author weaves police corruption, greed and jealousy into what could have been a relatively
straightforward noir, if not for the otherworldly
intervention. Hemingway shows skill at plotting, always moving
his rather large cast of bar-hopping characters forward. He keeps the reader engaged through twists and turns
of the complex mystery.