If you missed it – uhh, like I did, because it’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and I was doing as little as possible on Saturday – May 4th was Star Wars day, and to mark the occasion, Del Rey released an exclusive extract from Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town.
What’s the connection between the Galaxy Far, Far Away and Hawkins, Indiana? Well… not much. Except in the summer of 1977, Hawkins Chief of Police Jim Hopper was a homicide detective working in New York City, and a certain movie opened that year that everyone was talking about…
You can read the extract over at Reddit.
Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things.
Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper’s protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked “New York” out of the basement—and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does “Vietnam” mean? And why has he never talked about New York?
Although he’d rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can’t deny the truth any longer. And so begins the story of the incident in New York—the last big case before everything changed…
Summer, New York City, 1977. Hopper is starting over after returning home from Vietnam. A young daughter, a caring wife, and a new beat as an NYPD detective make it easy to slip back into life as a civilian. But after shadowy federal agents suddenly show and seize the files about a series of brutal, unsolved murders, Hopper takes matters into his own hands, risking everything to discover the truth.
Soon Hopper is undercover among New York’s notorious street gangs. But just as he’s about to crack the case, a blackout rolls across the boroughs, plunging Hopper into a darkness deeper than any he’s faced before.
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