Author of THE BLACK HOUR (Coming from Seventh Street Books, July 2014)
Lori Rader-Day is the author of The Black Hour, a mystery set on a university campus in Illinois. Lori works on a university campus in Illinois, but not the made-up one. “Lori Rader-Day is the author” is Lori’s new favorite thing. Her favorite other things are tacos, 11, Radiohead, BBC’s Sherlock, and blue. She is from a minuscule town in Indiana, but now lives in Chicago with her husband, Greg, who will be pleased to see his name mentioned for once above the dog’s. (Ursa.)
Best-selling author Jodi Picoult chose Lori’s story for Good Housekeeping’s first short story contest in 2010. Lori is also the recipient of the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction from The Madison Review, and has had stories published by TimeOut Chicago, Crab Orchard Review, and others.
About THE BLACK HOUR
For sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic—until a student she’d never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he’s dead and she’s stuck with a cane and one question she can’t let go: Why her?
All she wants is for life to get back to normal. Better than normal, actually, since life was messy before she was shot.
Then graduate student Nathaniel Barber offers to help her track down some answers. He’s got a crush and his own agenda—plans to make her his killer dissertation topic. Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.