Synopsis (from back of book):
Discovered lying near death in a railroad car, his body broken, his mind destroyed, Paul Hardy has spent the past seven years living in a group home for disabled adults, his identity and his past lost – seemingly forever. Then, after a horrific car accident, he awakens a new man, his face reconstructed, and his mind shadowy with memory. With only a name and a vaguely remembered scene to guide him, he goes on a cross-country quest to find out who he really is. But his search for the truth makes a lot of people uncomfortable – from the DA’s office to the highest levels of the government. Soon Paul is being tailed by an army of pursuers as he finds himself at the centre of a government cover-up that has claimed too many innocent lives – and the numbers are mounting. It’s the kind of thing that could make even a man on the outskirts of society feel the pull of justice that might be worth killing for. Or dying for…
From the shocking opening scenes to the dizzying heights of the finale, Nameless Night had me hooked – I just couldn’t put it down! Watching the lead character of Paul slowly uncovering the secrets of his identity, never sure of where the next lead might take him or what the consequences might be, was breathtaking and wouldn’t have been half so engrossing if handled by a writer with a lesser skill.
The writing is taut, the action is fast-paced and the character interaction is completely believable at every step. There’s danger at every turn, not only for Paul, but for those he comes to know, trust and love. There’s a real feeling of frenetic activity that has been captured perfectly – I was actually breathless at moments and found myself turning the pages faster and faster just to find out what would happen next.
Despite the darkness of the subject, G. M. Ford manages to pull it off with a lightness of touch that is surprising and refreshing, making Nameless Night something a little out of the ordinary.
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite