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Shooting at Midnight Hardcover – October 5, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553107208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553107203
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Having thrilled readers with his series about security expert Atticus Kodiak (Smoker, etc.), Rucka now shifts the focus here to Atticus's lover, Bridgett Logan, a private eye, a New York City cop's daughter and, unbeknownst to Atticus, a recovering heroin addict. When Lisa Schoof, a fellow ex-addict and single mother, is arrested for the murder of her old lover Vincent Lark, Bridgett feels responsible. Vincent, a drug dealer and pimp, had threatened to kill Lisa if she didn't give him $2800 or resume working for him. Bridgett had tried to scare him off, but the scare clearly didn't take. Desperate to help the friend who once saved her life, Bridgett goes deep undercover, working for Vincent's boss, druglord Pierre Alabacha, hoping to find enough evidence for the authorities to prosecute Alabacha and drop the charges against Lisa. These under-the-table negotiations between Bridgett and the NYPD are hardly believable, but a palpable sense of danger drives the narrative. Rucka takes an ill-advised breather near the middle of the novel, when Atticus assumes the first-person voice for a short section, but he then forges ahead with a flourish that might remind readers of the late Eugene Izzi. At the close, the cops, the dealers and the troubled lovers (Atticus and Bridgett) all collide in a breathless barrage of betrayal and brutality. The result is a crime novel that, if not strictly realistic, possesses a relentless and nearly irresistible force. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Rucka's latest features P.I. Bridget Logan, a friend of Rucka stalwart Atticus Kodiak who's in deep trouble because of a rash promise made in her youth.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

The author of four novels about professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak -- Keeper (nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America), Finder, Smoker, and Shooting at Midnight, Greg Rucka has been writing since he was eight years old, and hopefully is improving with age. A longtime comics fan, his first graphic novel series was the suspense thriller Whiteout, published by Oni Press and nominated for three Eisner Awards in 1999. Since that time he has been a contributing writer for DC Comics and an active participant in the Batman series of titles.
Born and raised in California, he earned his undergraduate degree at Vassar College and his MFA at the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Rucka has two tattoos, and rides a motorcycle.

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The action is non-stop, but it is the characters that really make this work.
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I won't tell you anything about the book or the plot itself, but just note that it is a well crafted work, daring in several ways and an excellent read.
Tim Huffman
A little off the beaten path of a typical Greg Rucka book, but worth reading.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By joel meadows on December 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was recommended Rucka's book, Finder, by a friend and since then I have read everything he's written. What makes Shooting at Midnight so original is its split perspective, with half of it from the viewpoint of Bridgett Logan and the other half from bodyguard Atticus Kodiak. Rucka has a very smooth, easy style: the only other crime writer currently working who he draws comparisons with is Lawrence Block. His action scenes have a sense of danger to them that's lacking in many action-driven books and his command of dialogue is superb. Shooting at Midnight displays the maturity of one of today's most striking writers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Untouchable on November 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It seems to me that Greg Rucka has really hit his stride with this, the 4th and I think, the best so far in the Atticus Kodiak series. It's deeply moving and occasionally depressing in it's true to life issues.
The story is initially told from private investigator Bridgette Logan's viewpoint. Until now we didn't know a lot about Bridgette other than she was tattooed, body pierced and constantly ate altoids and lifesavers. Her past was filled in with a lot of detail, bringing her fully to life and promoting her to one of the main players in the series.
Bridgette is asked by a friend for protection from her abusive estranged husband. The husband is heavily into the drug business, a world in which the friend is desperate to escape. Bridgette agrees to help, but in doing so, puts herself at risk of losing herself to an addiction she had fought hard to overcome.
This is a poignantly told story that deals with the dark world of the drug addict and the drug supplier and the constant battle with addiction. This is a terrific addition to the series with the character development of Bridgette Logan a real plus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Having been a big fan of Rucka's other books, I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of Shooting at Midnight. Fortunately, it was everything I had hoped for (and more!). This book takes a new direction by being told through the eyes of Bridgett Logan, whereas the other books were told by Atticus Kodiak. Rucka makes up for the fact that Logan was barely in Smoker by letting us know her history and how she thinks. I highly recommend this book (and all of Rucka's others, which I now plan to re-read)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
SHOOTING AT MIDNIGHT represents a rare sort of accomplishment for any writer, even one as good as Greg Rucka. For fans of his earlier novels, this is an excellent addition to his body of work while, for new readers, this fourth book makes an even better introduction to his work than his first, the exceptional KEEPER. Bridgett Logan is a surprising protagonist, and Rucka's decision to change narrators in the middle portion of the book is a gutsy gamble that pays off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Willson on March 7, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow. That was my reaction upon the completion of this book. I had previously read Rucka's KEEPER, FINDER and SMOKER novels, all starring his terrific bodyguard character, Atticus Kodiak (who is also a major part of this book), and knew that this book starred Atticus' previous girlfriend Bridget. What I didn't know was that within about 50 pages of the book, Rucka would cause my jaw to hit the floor in disbelief, as he takes this previously carefree character and exposes us to her true self, which can be incredibly disturbing and heart-wrenching at times. I have never seen one of the main characters of a writer arsenal go through a more difficult hell, and never has it been so well versed and attention grabbing. This is a truly spectacular book, and one that will expose those of us who are not closely familiar with the many varied hells of addition, to dealing with it head-on. Great stuff and HIGHLY recommended. Go RUCKA!
His DC comics BATMAN work is terrific as well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bluesclub on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the 4th, and clearly the best, in a series of books by Rucka surrounding a group of characters employed in the protection business. While the previous books had their moments, 'Shooting At Midnight' is a work of force. Bridget Logan takes center stage from Atticus Kodiak and goes underground in an attempt to clear a junkie friend from a murder conviction. Is she diving into the world of heroin dealing out of loyalty to a friend, or is she using it as an excuse to serve a long standing need. The pages fly by as we, the readers, race to determine the answer. Its dark and nerve racking, but worth every moment. A great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Brady on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
AS with his other Atticus Kodiak books, Rucka pulls no punches and delivers incredibly honest and fully fleshed out characters who become your closest acquaintences while you're reading. Like very few other writers, Rucka has the ability to fully engulf and pull you in his words, so much so that your arms will start itching during some of the scenes in Shooting. It's not a pleasant story by any means, but nonetheless, its a book that you can't put down. Clear your schedule when you pick this one up. Rucka's work continues to get better with each book - can't wait to read Critical Mass!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Gombach on October 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As with his previous works, Rucka once again gives us something most rare with Shooting at Midnight-quite simply, honest characters. Characters who live and die by their beliefs and the choices they make that stem from those beliefs. At the same time Rucka knows how to spin a ripping good yarn rife with action, suspense, and mystery.
Rucka understands well the idea of "character=action" so rather than parade cardboard cut-outs through a fun house of obstacles, he gives us Bridgett Logan, one of the deepest, most full realized, literary characters (male or female) to hit the mystery scene in long time. Bridie isn't perfect, and sometimes it seems like she steps wrong more than right, but she is willing to go to the wall for a friend in need-willing to risk her own life in the process. That Rucka loves his characters is obvious, but he doesn't let that love cloud the emotional honesty of the characters themselves.
Do yourself a big favor and pick this book up...now.
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