Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Midnight

Midnight by Stephen Leather

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Occult Detective
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy, esp. male-oriented, action-filled stories
Trigger Warnings: murder, ritual murder (including children), suicide

My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Nightingale series, following Nightfall (review linked here where formatting allowed).

I'm really enjoying this series, and definitely want to read the third book, Nightmare, when I have a chance. I don't actually have a copy yet, though, so that will have to wait.

Jack Nightingale is an interesting character. He's very self-centered and doesn't pay much attention to those around him, which can be intensely frustrating to said people; however, he's also very loyal and cares deeply for people, and is willing to go to outrageous extremes to try to help him. He also tends to make some pretty serious enemies, including Superintendent Chalmers, his old boss when he was on the force.

Despite the fact that this was an ARC it was quite well edited. This is a great series for people who enjoy more action-oriented, male-oriented type urban fantasies, which I definitely do. Check it out if that sounds like your sort of thing.

Disclosure: I received a paperback galley from the Amazon Vine Last Harvest program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: “Your sister is going to hell, Jack Nightingale.” Somehow, variations of that line keep former police negotiator Jack Nightingale's life careening in wild, unforeseen directions. And now, as a PI trying to put his life in perspective after his last go-round with the ultimate evil, the chilling phrase returns again. This time it is uttered by a dead woman hanging over a staircase, her neck broken by the laundry cord she tied around it before tossing herself over the banister. But Jack and his sister have been separated since birth! How can he save someone he's never met? Jack goes on the hunt for the sister he never knew, but everyone he talks to about her dies horribly. It's as if someone—or something—is determined to keep them apart. If he's going to save his sister, he's going to have to do what he does best: negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price, and first Jack must ask himself a question: is every soul worth saving?

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  1. Try the short story ,Cursed, featuring the same character ;-)

    1. Hopefully you'll turn back up and tell me where to find it... :-) I don't see anything by that title and author on Amazon. Is it on Leather's site?


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