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Darkness in him
Lyons, Andrew.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2003.
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viii, 291 pages ; 25 cm
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Jake Conason is the Golden Boy of Jefferson University in St. Louis. His future is big and promising--top grades, a gorgeous girlfriend, membership in the most popular fraternity on campus, and he's headed toward law school. But when one night's drunken indiscretion with a woman he barely knows leads to murder, Jake discovers just what he's capable of to cover up his past and insure his own future success. A chilling, addictive first thriller, already optioned for the movies, that delves deep into the heart of an anti-hero and discovers the Darkness in Him .

Author Notes

Darkness in Him is Andrew Lyons ' first novel. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Booklist Review

Jake Conason, the narrator of Lyons' debut thriller, is extremely ambitious and seemingly headed for a stratospheric legal career. He's a top student at a fictitious university in St. Louis, his fraternity brothers respect him, and he's dating the prettiest woman on campus. But Jake also has a dark side, and this comes to light when a drunken fling with a member of his girlfriend's sorority threatens to block his entry into Harvard Law School. Jake's desire to succeed just will not let that happen, and what follows is a string of cold and calculated murders. As the stakes rise along with the body count, Jake manages to maneuver his way out of several sticky situations. What Jake is not aware of is there is someone out there who is possibly even darker than he. Lyons succeeds in maintaining the pressure, if not the credibility, of his story, even with several gaping holes in the plot; but in the end he does a persuasive job of creating a creepy and almost charming antihero. --David Hellman

Library Journal Review

First novelist Lyons takes us into the mind of Jake Conason, son of a famous Texas lawyer and a St. Louis University senior aiming for Harvard Law School. Jake is respected and admired by all-but he's also a diabolical trickster. Believing that reputation is everything, he discovers that there are no limits to what he will do to protect his image and further his ambition. If one just focuses on one's purpose, he realizes, it is surprisingly easy to destroy someone, and this thought leads to blackmail, murder, and the framing of innocent acquaintances. Like the characters in Scott Smith's A Simple Plan, Jake makes the unimaginable mundane. He ruminates on love and sin and then acts, deliberately and completely selfishly, to remove all obstacles, including his fiance. In the end, however, he confronts a trickster who is his equal in manipulation. Lyons, who went to school in St. Louis and now works in the L.A. TV industry, presents a psychologically chilling picture of a contemporary Raskolnikov. Recommended for public and academic fiction collections.-Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.