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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still good. Feb. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a good book, but far too oversexed. It's something that Elizabeth George is beginning to do, and it's not impressive. Fine, put some sex in a novel, taht's all well and good, it adds another layer to the book, but we don't need it overdone. We don't need obsession with it.
The plot of this is quite good, but even though it's quite a short, it seemed a drag on a bit, i don't know why, as i actually really enjoyed it. The characters of John Steafanovich and Sarah McGuiness were interesting ones, and their romance was quite touching. The villain is one of your typical "in the shadows you see him" ones, a bit 2-d but still very frightening and bristling with menace.
At times there seems to be too much gun-toting, and it seems a bit overcomplicated. but nevertheless he packs in some great twists and turns, culminating in a novel that, while it may not be his best work to date, is worth a read, even if just to watch how once upon a time he actually coudl write. (But it is plain from some of his recent efforts that he now CANT)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its good Nov. 7 2001
By jake
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In James Patterson's, The Midnight Club, Patterson uses a variety of literary devices to enhance his writing. First, Patterson uses just about every element of plot in this book. He uses rising action and complications to create vivid pictures of what is happening. For example, when Alexandre St.- Germain, the antagonist, is supposedly killed at the beginning of the book. This poses a complication because the "bad guy" is killed early in the book, or so you think. Also, there were many things that could only be answered through the climax. This rising action helped in creating suspense. Second, suspense was used throughout the book to keep you turning the pages. Wanting to know what would happen next. Further the short one to three page chapters assisted in producing suspense. These short chapters make it easier to read allowing us as the readers to get into a flow. At every thrilling and suspenseful moment the reader is forced to consider all possibilities. It is impossible to guess what will happen next. Last, Patterson is among the best at concocting riveting and exceptional serial killers while still manufacturing detectives who are heroic and complex. He reveals his characters personalities only through their actions and thoughts. Each character has a purpose and is used to make the book better. James Patterson's use of literary devices not only uplifts the books quality but also help the readers to understand it. Patterson shows why he is considered one of the masters of writing a true thriller.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it 0 stars? Jan. 17 2001
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This has got the be one of the worst JP books that I have read. I am starting to think that if the book doesn't have Alex Cross in it, then it is going to be boring, which this one was..
The offering from JP has the main characters, a cop 'Stef', in a wheelchair. He was put there trying to kill a major mafia/drug lord that he had been chasing for 2 years and unfortunately for him, the guy got to him first. Fast forward 2 years later, the cop enlists the help of a young policewomen to track down a killer who is going around killing memebers of the 'Midnight Club' a club whose members include heavy players from around the world and whose head-honcho was the drug lord that Stef has spent a large part of his life trying to put away.
From the beginning, I thought that this had shards of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme, but luckily, Stef is nowhere near as annoying but still the story is SOOOO SLOOOOOOWWWWWW that it really doesn't go anywhere at all and I dumped it 3/4 of the way through as I really didn't care if Stef and his girl lived, died, figured it out or not, all I knew is that I wanted to get rid of 'The Midnight Club' asap.
I ama huge fan of JP's work and I am constantly amazed on how well he can write esp with so many different chacters, he doesn't rely on one main character to write about, but maybe he should stick to it, as 'The Midnight Club' is probably the worst JP book I have read....
Disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little slow
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. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by "lmbockey"
2.0 out of 5 stars So predicatble, so very, very predictable
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Jeffrey Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a wonderful James Patterson book. This is the ninth James Patterson book I have read, and he is my favorite writer. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by Joey Cappuccino
4.0 out of 5 stars New York Detective Battles an International Crime Syndicate
New York police detective John Stefanovitch is pursuing Alexandre St.Germaine, a leader of the Midnight Club, an elite, international group of criminals. Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by George Webster, Ph.D.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight club excellent addition to any book club
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... Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by James N Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars The Midnight Club
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.
Published on Aug. 20 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars no midnight reading
The book starts great. Interesting characters, with high expectations as to how the plot will develop. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2002 by "jjr333"
2.0 out of 5 stars That Darn Suspension of Disbelief
The Midnight Club is a book with interesting characters, a nice premise and plenty of action...unfortunately it just doesn't work. Read more
Published on May 10 2002 by M. Phipps
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
I thought I would be able to get through this book in an afternoon, since I usually go through James Patterson's 400-500 page books in a day or two. Read more
Published on April 5 2002 by Robert Von Gerds
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked it
This was my first James Patterson read. I will definiteoy read more of his. I thought the wheelchaired principal was a little contrived but . . . . . . . Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2002 by colmlt
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