The Deepest Black by Randall Silvis
8/16/22; 320 pages
Poison Pen Press
The Deepest Black by Randall Silvis is a very highly recommended metafiction true crime memoir where Silvis is the main character.
When Silvis can't come up with the idea for a new novel he just
happens to meet a stranger at a buffet who tells him about a murder case
in a nearby small town in Pennsylvania’s rural Mercer
County. Thomas Kennaday tells him some vague details about a
local mystery involving an abandoned baby and the shooting deaths of two
adults and a child. Then he mentions a young woman who will have more
details, Phoebe, a resident of the house where the shootings occurred.
The problem is that she only reveals small portions of the story as
dictated by Kennaday, and there is much more going on that is apparent
in her comments. This sends Silvis on a quest to uncover what really
happened and why Kennaday told him about it.
Written like a true crime story this odd genre bending novel follows
the plot of a true crime novel and a mystery but also veers off into
supernatural. Silvis is the main character and narrator. I may be an
outlier, but I though it was not only totally engrossing, but
un-put-downable. Sure there are references to various collusions,
unknown sections of alphabet agencies, an abuse ring, inexplicable
events, spirituality, UFOs, oppression, mind control, men in black, and
more, but it all made sense within the narrative. I appreciated his
honest opinions about events he is observing in the novel.
Obviously, this is a novel that will work brilliantly for some readers and not for others.