Forthcoming from Skyhorse Publishing, June 2018.

Doug Horolez is a talentless boy hopelessly in love with his only friend, E. Summerson. That’s the good news. When E.’s sister is murdered in the woods behind town, Doug joins a group of local pariahs—led by an ill and eerily charismatic boy—to solve the girl's mysterious death and to prove his devotion. But as bonds within the group deepen, their methods become cultish and vengeful. Doug must then find his voice and act according to his conscience before the price to be loved becomes unspeakable violence.

Into That Good Night is a coming-of-age novel and literary thriller that investigates recurrent mysteries—loss, loneliness, and the precarious desire to belong.

 

 

Advance Praise

“An existential mystery only partly about who did it and why, Into that Good Night explores the difference between what’s right and what others tell us is right. This elegant, wise novel about adolescence and tribal loyalty makes us flinch with recognition about the difficult navigation into selfhood. Everyone’s rite of passage isn’t this dark, but this is everyone’s rite of passage.”

Debra Monroe, National Book Award-Nominated author of My Unsentimental Education

Thoroughly gripping and emotionally compelling. A smart, moving, brilliantly written debut.”

Kathy Fish, author of RIFT and A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness

Into That Good Night is a dark twist on the coming-of-age narrative that you will not easily forget. This one will keep you reading well past your bedtime.”

William Jensen, author of Cities of Men

“Haunting, moving, and impossible to put down, Into That Good Night unearths the fear and redemption that surround a group of teenagers in the wake of a mysterious death. In this solid debut novel, Levis Keltner shows us how compassion can rise from the ashes of what tragedy leaves behind, that sometimes the most important lessons might be the most burning.”

Robert Wilder, author of Nickel and Daddy Needs a Drink

“If The Breakfast Club were a witchy murder mystery, you’d have Into That Good Night. With his shocking awareness of human nature and the forces that propel us through the dark absurdity of life, Levis Keltner will make you laugh, cry, and shudder in fear at the horrors we are all capable of.”

Tatiana Ryckman, author of I Don't Think of You (Until I Do)

"While the deepening mystery propels us anxiously forward, what compels us to linger is Levis Keltner's keen understanding of the aches of coming of agethe ache to belong, to be loved, to be an individual entirely separate and unique. Our teenage years are anything but gentle on us, and Into That Good Night is no more gentle."

Kevin Grauke, author of Shadows of Men