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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition/First Printing edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307406342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307406347
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sigler delivers again in this fiercely creepy page-turner."--San Jose Mercury News

"If you're a fan of police procedurals from Michael Connolly, Elmore Leonard or Joseph Wambaugh and you miss the bio-tech science fiction of the late, great Michael Crichton, you'll find "Nocturnal" a treat."--Huntington News  

"Sigler is in full control of his talent for sharp characterization and amazing visualization." -- Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

"Red meat for readers who wish Harry Potter had swapped his YA credentials for a badge and gun." -- Kirkus Reviews 

"Some of the most beautiful carnage we've seen in ages." 

"A terrifying science thriller that reads like Silence of the Lambs as written by Michael Crichton. Inventive and deeply disturbing." -- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin's Code

"Will make the end-of-year favorite lists for mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, horror, and yes, just plain old fiction, period. If you are a fan of genre fiction, you have to read Nocturnal."

"For fans of realistically presented horror fiction, this is a must-read.”--Booklist

"A hugely enjoyable read by an author who continues to grow."--British Fantasy Society 
"One of the most original pieces of genre fiction I have read in a long time. Sigler is like Stephen King with a huge dose of testosterone and adrenaline."--Crimespree Magazine 

About the Author

SCOTT SIGLER is a popular podcaster and the New York Times bestselling author of Infected, Contagious, and Ancestor.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their dog.

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New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is author of the INFECTED trilogy (INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS and PANDEMIC), ANCESTOR and NOCTURNAL, hardcover hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing; and the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series (THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER, THE ALL-PRO and THE MVP).

Before he was published, Scott built a large online following by giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. His loyal fans, who named themselves "Junkies," have downloaded over eight million individual episodes of his stories and interact daily with Scott and each other in the social media space.

Scott reinvented book publishing when he released EARTHCORE as the world's first "podcast-only" novel. Released in twenty weekly episodes, EARTHCORE harkened back to the days of serialized radio fiction. His innovative use of technology puts him at the forefront of modern-day publishing and has garnered brand-name exposure among hundreds of thousands of fiction fans and technology buffs.

He's been covered in Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria. He still records his own audiobooks and gives away every story - for free - to his Junkies at

A Michigan native, Scott lives in San Francisco but still roots for his beloved Detroit Lions.

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Customer Reviews

The characters were very real, and well developed.
I have read all of Sigler's books and listen to his podcasts, where he gives the book away for FREE (in audio form) and this has to be one of my favorites.
It has lots of action, suspense, thrills and chills that will keep you turning the pages.
J. Stroh

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book by Scott Sigler that I have read. I am a big fan of horror novels and thrillers, so this sounded right up my alley when I found it. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. This was quite a long book - well over 550 pages long. The chapters were short, which keeps the reader actively engaged in the story. The narrative is very well-written and the characters are deep; it was easy to get sucked into the freakish world that Sigler had created. The novel is fast-paced; so even though it was long, it didn't take very long to read. I couldn't put it down. The plot had so many twists and interesting ideas that it truly keeps the reader on their toes and trying to figure out what is going on - right up to the very last chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes horror novels, thrillers, and things that go bump in the night.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cassel VINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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This novel starts out at a plain police procedural but then adds another minor layer. As it proceeds it adds yet another layer then another and then it starts to twist them making the reader as well as the novel's subjects constantly revise their beliefs about what exactly is going on and what they are facing.

The skill of the author is apparent because these layers, these twists, these new developments never cloud the narrative power of the book. Instead they add to it. So you have elements which could be related to any police story (crime, whodunit, how to find them) mixed in with several personal stories involving the players' relationships with their families and finally a citywide mystery somewhat reminiscent of Gaiman's _Neverwhere_ book.

Finally toward the final third of the book, you are off on a fantastic adventure involving the initially mundane characters of the police procedure but somehow you are buying into it as if it were just one more commonplace 'police catches the bad guy after a chase' book.

Let's say this chase is one you've never encountered before. I don't wish to say more because I don't wish to give any spoilers. Highly recommended. A really fine read and as the cliche has it, 'impossible to put down'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Buxman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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In my opinion, Scott Sigler is the best horror novelist writing today. His characters are believable without being predictable and his research is first rate. As a bit of a gun nut myself, nothing is more aggravating as when a well-meaning author messes up on issues of magazine capacity or stopping power. Sigler avoids this pitfall by taking the time to learn about the background elements of his story before he publishes. Utilizing short chapters, he draws you into worlds that are alien, yet disturbingly comfortable. While some may object to my headline reference to Stephen King, I would simply state that I've read dozens of King's books and lately I've felt consistently disappointed by crummy endings. Sigler's books always wrap up in a powerful, satisfying and plausible manner, leaving me happy to have read them. What struck me most about this book was the way my feelings towards the main characters evolved as I progressed through the story. I couldn't put this book down.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By manly-but-bookish on June 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've seen the movie Misery several times and love it. But I have to admit that every time I've watched it (since the first time), I've had to turn my head away and close my eyes when Annie hobbles Paul with the block of wood and the sledgehammer. I've never been able to watch the footage of Joe Theismann's final play. I know what happens, and I'm not man enough to handle seeing it. There's just something about limbs bending where they're not supposed to bend that I don't do well with. Bloody entrails pulled out of a person's abdomen, decapitations, stuff like that doesn't bother me, but a visibly broken limb makes me cringe and quite honestly makes me a little light-headed. Which brings me to Scott Sigler's new book Nocturnal.

I know when I start reading a horror story by Sigler, that I'm going to experience some light-headedness. I know I'm going to cringe and squirm at parts, but I still can't wait to read one every time one comes out.

I first discovered Sigler when I picked up a copy of his book Infected about microscopic aliens that enter earth's atmosphere and then the bodies of humans and begin to grow. That book made me cringe numerous times as the human hosts took drastic measures to try to rid themselves of the parasitic hitchhikers. Nocturnal delivered as well.

Bryan Clauser is a homicide detective in San Francisco who has begun having vivid and disturbing dreams in which he stalks and violently kills human prey. But these aren't merely dreams he's having. At the same time Bryan is having these violent dreams, they're actually taking place on the streets of his city. As he tries to investigate the murders he discovers that all of the victims are tied to one person, an awkward and bullied boy named Rex.

Rex likes to draw.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NewDiane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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When I first opened this book, I was afraid it would be a riff on "Reliquary" by Preston and Childs: the subterranean world of monsters beneath a major American city. But Sigler has his own vision and brings it out very well in this novel, including reasonable motives for some of the characters and a dash of science to make the premise easier to swallow. He has also reined in his "squick" factor, which turned me off in a previous book, "Infected". There are some flaws, though - most noticeably the stereotyping, from Mafia to gays, as well as some unnecessary cutesie-poo nicknames, from Bri-Bri to Pooks. Overall, this is a quick read and an enjoyable one, if you like monsters and things that go bump in the night. It suffers from the usual lack of character development common to books which are plot-driven. Sigler has a great imagination, and I would really like to see him try a book with more emphasis on the characters. I think he could have done a lot better by deleting some of the secondary characters and focusing more on Bryan and Robin, their personal history, and the like.
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