|A routine call to a sleazy Phoenix hotel throws police sergeant Alex Volchak into a world where the brain-dead check themselves out of hospital, and a stranger can seem to know the most intimate details of his life. Like his feelings for Loretta, the neighbour who's more than a friend, and her daughter Georgina, so much the child he never had. Volchak finds himself on the hunt for a child killer, someone who can apparently switch bodies with ease, and who is playing games with the police. And then Georgina is taken.
"An excellent thriller... a cracking pace... large helpings of deadpan gallows humour... a genuine ability to create a sense of evil." —Evening Times
"The best fusion of crime and horror since Hjortsberg's Falling Angel." —Time Out
"A fast, fun read, with good jokes and a well thought-out modus operandi for its villain." —City Limits
"Gallagher understands that real horror is best achieved in a setting of banality, and Valley of Lights -- with its unique relationship between predator and prey -- thrives on the very ordinariness of things." —Campbell Armstrong
"A rapid ond ofttimes chilling read." —Charles L Grant
"If thriller reading were a sin, Stephen Gallagher would be responsible for my ultimate damnation. His work is fast-paced, well-written, infused with a sense of dark wonder, and altogether fresh." —Dean R Koontz