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The Midnight Club [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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June 1 1999
A stunningly brilliant psychopathic killer who has skillfully eluded the police from London to Paris to New York. A beautiful woman journalist suddenly in grave danger. An unorthodox New York detective whose motive for stopping the killer couldn't be more personal or emotional.

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From Publishers Weekly

Edgar-winner Patterson ( The Jericho Commandment )he is also chairman of J. Walter Thompson USAalmost captures the slick, conspiracy-theory giddiness of pre- Prizzi Richard Condon. While leading a raid against top drug-dealer Alexandre ("the Grave Dancer") St.-Germain, New York police Lieutenant John ("Stef") Stefanovitch is caught in a devastating ambush and crippled. French-born St.-Germain, enforcing and enjoying his harsh, "street law" terror, kills Stef's wife. Two years later St.-Germain is gunned down in a posh Manhattan brothel. Hidden videotapes catch St.-Germain asking, "Is it the Midnight Club?" Wheelchair-bound Stef, with true-crime bestselling writer Sarah McGinniss, starts to uncover an international crime cartel making billions a year, and a secret NYPD execution squad. Plenty of gore, many plot twistssome quite murkyand a little sex will keep readers turning pages up to the melodramatic, rather unlikely ending. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The charming, urbane, but megalomaniacal Alexandre St. Germain wanted nothing less than control of international organized crime. A sadistic psychotic as well, he shot and crippled New York policeman John Stefanovitch and then killed Stef's beloved wife. A few years later, during a purge of other New York crime lords, St. Germain is brutally murdered--or is he? Stef, confined to a wheelchair, joins with a rogue cop, whose brother was tortured and killed by St. Germain, and a beautiful journalist, with whom Stef falls in love, to unravel a complicated conspiracy. Written before Patterson's popular Alex Cross novels, The Midnight Club lacks the suspense of those tales, building up slowly to a rather tame resolution. Like the Cross books, however, it includes many unpleasant elements, including a kidnapped child. Michael Kramer, as always, does a splendid job of reading, but even he cannot make this story gripping. Not recommended.
-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A little slow March 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a good book. I have been a Patterson far for almost a year now and I have read every book that I could get my hands on. This book just felt a bit slow to me in the middle. I guess that I have grown used to the Alex Cross action...
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2.0 out of 5 stars So predicatble, so very, very predictable Jan. 24 2004
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Nothing much to say. Lets see, after you are put in a wheelchair and your wife and partner are killed by a crime boss, you go and taunt him and then are surprised that he comes after you and your girlfriend in her home. Hmmm, maybe staying hidden might have been a bit smarter...
Like I said, no suspense, no thought required. James Patterson has many good books. This however isn't one of them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Oct. 25 2003
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This is a wonderful James Patterson book. This is the ninth James Patterson book I have read, and he is my favorite writer. His short chapters make the book more suspenseful, and I love his alternating points of views. Also, this book has a great villian that should rank up there with Darth Vader and Hannibal Lector.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Pablum Aug. 26 2003
By James
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up at an airport, curious to see what James Patterson was about. His books are everywhere and they obviously are very popular. Hence I thought I was in for a good dectective story.
The start of the book was pretty good - it moved well and kept my attention. Unfortunately, after about page 15 the book went downhill into an unrealistic, melodramatic rehashing of every bad cliche known to the detective story genre. While setting them out here might be considerred spoilers - they are so obvious pages in advance only the most dim-witted reader could miss them - our hero is not killed but rather paralysed by the shot-gun blasts to his body (remarkably bad shooting from point blank range); his wife is brutaly murdered by the bad guy who shot him; his partner is killed - just before he could give him the piece of information that would have put the whole puzzle together; there is a world-wide consipracy of crime that our hero is battling; there is a romance between the hard-working single mother investigative journalist and our hero; that romance takes them to the farm where our hero grew up to meet the simple hardworking folk that raised him; the influence of the world-wide conspiracy reaches into the highest levels of the police force - I'm sure that there are many, many more but I finally threw the book down in disgust.
This leads me to the question - is this a typical James Patterson book (ie. are they all this bad) or is this a bad book that would never have seen the light of day but for the latter success of James Patterson's other titles? I am very curious about this because I can not believe that anyone this popular consistently writes books this bad.
Under this system the least you can give a book is one star. This book should be given negative stars - in fact what I really want is to get back the time I wasted reading this book.
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New York police detective John Stefanovitch is pursuing Alexandre St.Germaine, a leader of the Midnight Club, an elite, international group of criminals. When Stefanovitch gets too close, St. Germaine strikes back. He murders Stefanovitch's wife and barely misses killing Stefanovitch, but wounds him so badly that the detective is confined to a wheelchair. This does not stop the detective's relentless pursuit, even while fellow detective's are murdered. Finally, police and FBI undertake all-out war against the Midnight Club. The story is not up to Patterson's Alex Cross tales, but it is entertaining reading through the long battle between police and the Midnight Club.
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This book is just as good as the Alex Cross series and has one of the best villains ever created. The basic plot is that there is one organisation that every mafia, crime and drug organisation is controlled by. The killer in this book is the head of this organisation.
The detective in The Midnight Club is also an interesting character being that he is confined to a wheel chair.
A lot of reviews seem to dislike this book but I think it is sensational. For those who have never read a Patterson novel it is also great as you do not have to be familiar with any other books to fully appreciate the characters. For those who have read them this is a different detective to follow other than Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Midnight Club Aug. 20 2002
By A Customer
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A gripping fast-paced thriller featuring a magnetic, courageous protagonist from the #1 best-selling author of Kiss The Girls, Along Came A Spider, Cat & Mouse.
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2.0 out of 5 stars no midnight reading Aug. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book starts great. Interesting characters, with high expectations as to how the plot will develop. Three quarters through the book it becomes predictable, and with to many loose ends.
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