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Midnight Guardians (Max Freeman Novels (Hardcover)) Hardcover – January 1, 2012
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Towards the end, King speeds up the pace of the story a little, but by that point the damage is done, and the reader is left unsatisfied. The main redeeming quality I found in this novel is that there is quite a bit of time spent on the personal story of the main characters. Max and his girlfriend Sherry are dealing with the aftershock of the events that developed in the previous novel and that ended up with Sherry losing one of her legs. Of course, this situation allows for a complex emotional development of the story, and those that have been following the series will likely appreciate this.
Given the pros and cons of this book, I would say that those that are fans of the series, will probably be somewhat disappointed, but will also find some redeeming qualities in the work. However, those that have not read any of the books in the series should search elsewhere, perhaps in earlier books in the Max Freeman series.
Unfortunately, that doesn't complete an analysis of the book's deficiencies. The editing is really bad. Perhaps someone else can explain the following sentence: "Nature does not give up her pull, despite what piddling man, Al Gore himself, does." I can only guess that this means that the earth will survive IN SPITE of what humans do. One of the many other cases of spelling and grammatical errors is when Billy is said to be "carrying," instead of caring. I assume that Billy is not pregnant. I hope that Jonathon King continues to write, but I sincerely hope that he puts more thought and effort into his next book.
In short, Max is an ex-Philadelphia cop, now working as a Private Investigator for a friend / very influential attorney in Florida. When a whistle-blower contacts the attorney for help, Max is drawn into a case of Medicare fraud.
Max's investigation leads to a world of drugs and to a drug dealer from his own past.
The mystery/suspense part is kind of tame ... not the usual kind of work I've seen from this author.
Most of the book is centered around his relationship with Detective Sherry Richards .... who lost her leg in a previous book. She has now returned to work, but it takes a toll on them both because now she's stuck behind a desk, rather than working the streets.
Again, if you're a follower of the series, this relationship is very interesting. If you're a new reader --- not so much.
Max is a great character ... he has grown so much since 2002 when the series began. I strongly recommend starting at the beginning for an enjoyable reading experience.
4 Stars for the series!
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I purchased the book knowing it came with "some damage". The book was certainly readable but the damage was more than I expected.Published on March 5, 2013 by Ruth O harteis
The 6th Max Freeman mystery (Freeman is a private detective in South Florida and lives in a shack in the Everglades). Not as good as previous books in this series. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Craig Larson