Night Shift

The Night Trilogy: Book One

by B.K. Bass

In New Angeles, crime is part of the daily business of running the city. But when a routine murder investigation starts turning up more questions than answers, homicide detective Harold Peterson finds himself unraveling a decades-old conspiracy that leads him to the highest echelons of the mob and the city government. As various threads start to come together, the big picture is revealed to be more than he ever bargained for. As bullets start to fly from both directions, the only thing Harold knows for sure is that he isn’t being paid enough to deal with this.

Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Hardboiled Detective

Length: Novella / Approx. 150 pages

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

MSRP: eBook – $4.99 / Paperback – $10.50

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I’ve spent the past week reading Raymond Chandler, so when I say that B. K. Bass has managed to take hold of the noir style I’m not just talking about the vague one-off aesthetic you might get from a TV show. This is actual noir, with the kind of grit you expect from your chainsmoking beat cops. In an enjoyable twist Night Shift is set a bit in the future, and Bass’s unique take on the advancement of tech really added to the classic neon-and-neglected atmosphere I’ve come to expect from the genre. I’m looking forward to the next book!

Night Shift made for a fun read. Bass has pulled the hard-boiled detective out of the past and present and dropped him head-first into an ugly future where the country has fallen apart. But for all the technology floating around in the story, human nature is still human nature and there are still bad people doing terrible things. It’s just the way the world works. There are still jerks, they just have better computers. And cyber-hookers.

It held my attention from beginning to end, I literally forgot I was reading as the movie began to play in my head. All the characters came to life I felt the rain I saw the bodies. The ending shocked me and has me itching for book two.

Well color me satisfied! This page turner kept me guessing all the way to the end, through twists and turns of descriptive settings you are drawn into a world that blossoms in your mind.

From the outset, Bass nails the noir tone, building a near future New Angeles out of grime, crime, and disparity. The dialogue is witty and natural, the crime setup is classic pulp, and his protagonist is charismatic enough to cover the fact he is mostly unlikable.

What’s not to like about this book? It’s fast-paced, funny, dark and a real page turner. Night Shift is a unique combination of sci-fi and crime story. Looking forward to Book Two of the trilogy so I can find out what happened to the main character.

This is a well written book with compelling characters. BK did a wonderful job of building a believable in-depth world. His voice and descriptions added richness to a well-crafted tale. Unlike many detective novels, I didn’t find the plotline predictable. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. 

I really enjoyed this intriguing story for the pure fun of reading it. I found Night Shift to be a fast paced, smooth as a good scotch, easy reading detective story. It is set in the future with a late 1940’s feel to – fedora, smoky room & glass of bourbon with a raspy narrator’s voice pulled off seamlessly by the author. A Detective Noir, solid who-dunnit & not a beat skipped.

B.K. has woven a story laced with humor, sci-fi, and leaves you expectant of the next book in the trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed Nightshift. Five-stars!

This novella kept me gripped from the dark beginning to the darker end. I need more, and I can’t wait for the sequel. All the best parts of noir and crime in a real and futuristic world. The MC, though rough around the edges and a little bitter, was still hugely likable and I rooted for him even when his actions were questionable at best. The mystery kept me guessing, and the following books will no doubt answer all the questions I still have.

Damn, what a thriller! This story is fast-paced, well-written and weaves a web more intricate than you’d expect for a book of this size. Worth picking up if you like a hard-boiled protagonist, urban grime and that hot pressure cooker vibe of an overcrowded dystopia.


b k bass authorB.K. Bass is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror inspired by the pulp fiction magazines of the early 20th century and classic speculative fiction. He is a student of history with a particular focus on the ancient, classical, and medieval eras. He has a lifetime of experience with a specialization in business management and human relations and served in the U.S. Army. B.K. is also the  Editor-in-Chief of Kyanite Publishing and the Kyanite Press journal of speculative fiction, and the Writing Department Chair for Worldbuilding Magazine.

Find out more about B.K. at his website.

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