Floats the Dark Shadow

Mystery & Thrillers

By Yves Fey

Publisher : BearCat Press

ABOUT Yves Fey

Yves Fey
Yves began drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon and writing when she was twelve. She holds a Bachelor’s in Pictorial Arts from UCLA, and a MFA from the University of Oregon in Creative Writing. In her varied career, she has been a tie dye artist, go-go dancer, baker, creator of cer More...


Young American painter Theodora Faraday struggles to discover her identity as an artist in vibrant Belle Époque Paris.  She’s tasted the champagne of success, illustrating poems for the Revenants, a group of poets led by her adored cousin, Averill.  When children she knows vanish mysteriously, Theo clashes with Inspecteur Michel Devaux who suspects the Revenants are involved. Theo refuses to believe the killer could be a friend—could be someone she loves.

     Classic detection and occult revelation lead Michel and Theo through the dark underbelly of Paris.  Following the maze of clues they discover the murderer believes he is the reincarnation of the most evil serial killer in the history of France.  Whether deranged mind or demonic passion incite him, the killer must be found before he strikes again. 

“Fey’s writing is gorgeous: she evokes the sights and smells of Paris and poetically presents the darkness and horror that plague tormented souls.” — Historical Novel Society

“Paris is painted with uncanny realism, using masterful splashes of descriptive color against a somber backdrop ...  The characters develop as their entwined relationships become ever more enmeshed in the dark plot woven around mysticism, Satanism, and sadistic murders…” — Kirkus Reviews

"Yves Fey writes with the eye of an artist, the nose of a perfumer and the nerves of a hardened gendarme in this chilling tale of love and love's perversion.  Not for the faint of heart!" — Cuyler Overholt, award-winning author of A Deadly Affection

Fey not only captures the last decadent decade of nineteenth century Paris, but she does so decadently…— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and award-winning author of Spirit of the North: a paranormal

“Yves Fey delves into the dark well of occult, violence and eroticism lying just beneath the surface of fin-de-siècle Paris. The valiant heroine, American artist Theo Faraday, confronts the ultimate evils of child torture and murder as the serpentine page-turning plot unfolds. Beware! It’s strong stuff.” — Barbara Corrado Pope, author of Cézanne’s Quarry and The Blood of Lorraine

“This dark, gothic tale will delight fans of decadent, sensuous, fin-de-siècle Paris.”  — Kenneth Wishnia, award-winning author of 23 Shades of Black and The Fifth Servant

“Yves Fey recreates the haunting world of absinthe, of the Symbolist poets, of Salomé, of the Golden Dawn, and of darker, more unfathomable forces, that was Paris in 1897. This well-researched thriller offers satisfyingly complex characters. Powerful, violent, elegant.”  —Beth Tashery Shannon, Pushcart Prize winner, author of Tanglevine

Floats the Dark Shadow, Yves Fey's daringly corrupt historical novel, has a lot on its mind. Part mystery, part grand guignol, part travelogue, part theosophical debate of good vs. evil, part love story, it opens with a shocker and slows down only occasionally to let the reader catch his breath. Set in fin de siècle Paris, it follows American expat painter Theo Faraday and French detective Michel Devaux through a netherworld of depravity and decadence as heinous as it is skillfully rendered. Other reviewers have limned the plot and posted caveats about scenes involving pedophilia and child murders. I will not add to their warnings but neither will I detract from their praise. Fey's prose, research and deft recreation of time and place are nothing short of dazzling as she creates a mystery unlike any I've ever read.  – Travelhound (Michael Llewellyn)