by David Alderman
A Midnight City Mystery
Death Bloom (Midnight City Mysteries #1)
Some dark roots are meant to stay buried...
For as long as he can remember, Harvey Elder has always known Midnight City to be a place of murder and mystery. City residents are always winding up dead, usually under mysterious circumstances, or strange, unexplained happenings are constantly occurring, lending to the rumors that Midnight City is a hub for otherworldly beings. But lately, the crime rate has quickly outpaced the police and detective resources, forcing some people to flee the city into the suburbs beyond, or become police officers or detectives themselves to help stem the tide of crime.
Disgraced from his role as an official detective because of an incident involving the murder of a teenage girl, Harvey finds himself stuck in Midnight City, forced to take on menial investigations to make ends meet, including cases of missing jewelry and kidnapped pets. But when a call comes to him about the Death Rose – a flower with mythical properties – being stolen from the local botanical garden, he reluctantly decides to take the case. The pay is intriguing enough, and the opportunity could help Harvey both get out of the rut he is in and maybe even convince his ex-girlfriend to take him back.
But Harvey soon learns there’s more to this case than just a missing flower. These are the affairs of the wealthy elite of Midnight City, and they refuse to allow a washed-up detective to meddle in their societal issues. To get to the bottom of this case, Harvey will have to outmaneuver the wiles of a group of the city’s elite women while also navigating through the strange and unexplained traits of Midnight City.
David N. Alderman / Author
Born at the tail end of the 70’s, David reveled in the pop culture of the 80’s and 90’s, building his childhood around the success of Star Wars, the jokes of Ace Ventura, and the adventure of The Goonies. His passion for writing began in the early 90’s, and he finished his first novel when he was 16. With the death of his grandmother - who was his biggest fan - he stopped writing and sought adventure, traveling constantly between California and Arizona as he fought to find a purpose while also walking the long-winding, and incredibly narrow, trail of faith.
Decades later, David finds himself here in Arizona, happily married, with a son to raise, and a long road of written stories behind him.