About the Book
Russell H. Greenan's second novel was described as eerie and unforgettable when it was advertised in 1970. While it is the only book he set in New York City, it is vintage Greenan: a cross between mystery, crime and pathos. It was also praised for its uncompromising social observation. “...at a time when so many white writers are using the black struggle as a basis for pretentious, ill-conceived, and self-serving fiction, Mr. Greenan’s perspective and taste make him a welcome exception.”
— SARA BLACKBURN, The Washington Post, 1970
Russell H. Greenan was born in Manhattan in 1925 and reared in The Bronx. He attended New York public schools, graduating from Morris High in 1942. A year later, aged 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. After the war, the GI Bill enabled him to study world literature at Long Island University. In 1966 he left the US to spend a year in Nice with his wife and three children where he wrote his first novel IT HAPPENED IN BOSTON?. This novel has become a modern classic, translated into 5 languages and is included in Random House's Modern Library. Mr. Greenan's subsequent novels have been published in the US and France, and one of them, THE SECRET LIFE OF ALGERNON PENDLETON was made into a film in 1997. Though well into his eighties, Mr. Greenan continues to work. DREAD OF NIGHT is his latest work.