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Slowly, methodically, excruciatingly, Egan shows his heroes' plan spinning out of control in a classic illustration of the law of unintended consequences. A crystalline noir nightmare built on the premise that yes, things can always, always, always get worse. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Midnight)

Egan deftly parlays a simple administrative rule and the desperation of regular people into a thrilling read. (Publishers Weekly on Midnight)

Alfred Hitchcock would have loved Midnight's twisty, original plot. Midnight is a fast, fun read fueled by a clever premise and well-developed characters, some very likable and some really evil. (Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Sleight of Hand)

With relentless suspense, cinematic pacing and a twist around every corner, Kevin Egan creates a brand new genre: legal thriller noir. Clear your calendars and alert Hollywood--this realistic, original and downright terrific page-turner will be the book everyone's reading! (Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity–winning author)

Midnight is the most bracingly original thriller of the year. Egan's deliciously devious novel asks and then answers the perfect question: How far would you go to keep your job? Here is a noirish tale layered with both style and substance, packed with colorful characters who give a new meaning to the word sinister. Great fun that is not to be missed! (Jon Land, bestselling author)

My favorite noir-infused books take ordinary people and put them in extraordinary circumstances, where one false move can prove deadly. That's exactly what Kevin Egan does with his thrilling novel Midnight. Forget sleep--this twisted tale will get your heart pounding right up until the last page. (Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award–winning author of Evil in all its Disguises)

About the Author

KEVIN EGAN, a self-described nonpracticing attorney, has spent his entire legal career working in the New York State Court system, including lengthy stints as law clerk to two State Supreme Court Justices. He now works in the iconic New York County Courthouse, which serves as the setting and inspiration for Midnight. Egan's short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Rosebud, and The Westchester Review.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765335263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765335265
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on July 23, 2013
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This is a really fun book based on a unique concept. When Judge Canter dies on New Year's Eve in his courtroom chambers, his staff is in quite a dilemma. As it is the last day of the year they will find themselves unemployed come New Year's Day unless they can make it appear that the Judge died after the year end. His law clerk and secretary decide to hide the body so it appears that he died in the new year, thus saving their jobs for the next year. Complications arise and (so as not to give too much away) I will leave it at that. It is a super quick read that you will not want to put down. I love reading a book that you can feel you are a part of. Kevin Egan does such a good job making the courthouse and lower Manhattan another character in the book. He captures the cast of characters perfectly. As we all know the simplest of plans do not always go smoothly. I enjoyed the twists and turns as you watch the characters learn this for themselves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Hoffman on July 8, 2013
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Midnight by Kevin Egan begins on New Year's Eve as an uneventful average day in a Manhattan courthouse where the loyal civil servants are finishing work before the new year. Judge Cantor goes into his chambers as usual and is accompanied by his court clerk Tom Carroway and secretary Carol Scilingo. All is well until Judge Cantor quietly passes away in his sleep. Upon discovering he's deceased, his "brainiac" team comes up with the idea that if they can prolong his actual time of death, they will be able to keep the jobs they so desperately need. Tom encourages Carol to go about business as usual since they only need until midnight to secure their jobs for the next year. All is well until it isn't anymore.

Kevin Egan writes an extremely fast paced novel that can be devoured in one sitting. Of that I'm grateful. Things begin to go awry almost immediately when their "well-hatched" plan involve way too many separate interests besides Tom and Carol's.

Based on Tom's issues he's the perfect catalyst to keep this thriller/mystery moving forward, even after the goal of reaching midnight. The only problem with Tom is that he's possibly the most unlikeable character among the plethora of unlikeables. I disliked him with a passion and Carol is too boring to even consider. She's the quinessential single mother that adds nothing to enthusiasm for her. And the rest are cardboard thin.

Despite my gripes with character development I was hooked to Midnight. Kevin Egan wrote an interesting thriller that barely allows readers to digest one shock before supplying another. I can't wait to read what's next from this author. I only urge him to give us characters likeable enough to rally behind and really root for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MPAmodio on July 14, 2013
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Tightly written and fast paced but with well developed characters, "Midnight" by Kevin Egan will entertain you from the first page to the last. Anyone who lives in NYC or around NYC or who wants to live there will recognize the people who move through the book's story. The small time hood, the union boss, the shifty lawyers and the struggling civil servants are classic American and NY characters. The novel has a couple of plot twists that the reader won't see coming and a surprising but satisfying ending. All in all, a very good read.
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At The New York County Courthouse Judge Canter dies in his chambers early in the morning on New Year's Eve. His death from natural causes would have passed as something ordinary, if not the date of of the death. Under the rules of the New York courts if the judge dies, his staff has the right keep the jobs until the end of the calendar year. Death of this judge for his secretary, Carol, and clerk Tom means that the next day they will be out of work. And finding a new job with current economy will be difficult («Hard enough as it was to stay with the court system today, it was harder to find a decent job in the private sector. And for someone who had been in the court system as long as he had been, leaving was near impossible, even in a good economy »), and both heroes also have serious financial problems. Carol alone raises her disabled son and helps her sick mother, and Tom because of gambling got into a debt, borrowed money from a loan shark and must now return part of the debt every month. Loan shark muscle regularly reminds Tom what will happen if he stops paying.

Tom comes up with the idea how to hide the death of the judge at least for a day. If it succeeds, he and Carol, which he begins to feel affection to, will keep their jobs for at least another year. Judge and the last ruling in his life, in addition to the staff, will be of interest to a trade union leader. The situation gets complicated and rapidly is out of control.

We have become so demanding to reliability of books we read that began to forget: literature is fiction, fantasy. If you remove an element of allowable from it, make it too close to ground , it will take all the pleasure ouf of literature. Constrained writer has nowhere to turn, his plots are believable, but predictable.
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I have to admit, I absolutely loved the premise of this book. It hooked me when I read the jacket sleeve. I have never heard of Kevin Egan or Midnight before I saw this book at the local library and picked it up. It wasn't the positive reviews on the front and back by established authors, it was this:

...The New York County Courthouse, in Lower Manhattan, has its own rules and traditions. When a judge dies, the members of his staff keep their jobs until the end of that calendar year. So when Judge Alvin Canter quietly expires in his chambers on December 31, his loyal clerk and secretary find themselves in a difficult situation. Their jobs will vanish at closing time--unless they can conceal the judge's death until after midnight...

The dilemma for Tom Carroway and Carol Shilingo is this; how far will you go to keep your job?

Tom is an aspiring lawyer with a gambling addiction. Loan sharks are showing up at the courthouse to collect. Carol is a single mom trying to put herself through college. Neither can afford to be out of a job. So all they have to do is hide the body until the next day. The problem is they are in the county courthouse, surrounded by guards and police. How are they going to pull it off?
To add to the problem, the final item on the judges docket is a decision on a litigation between the courthouse union and the city to increase or decrease pay for the courthouse employees. Everyone in the courthouse wants to know how the judge is going to rule. Union bosses and their henchmen are calling and pounding on the door. The Inspector General is looking into it for tampering and there is an ex-boyfriend of Carol's who happens to be a courthouse guard who just won't go away.
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