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Midnight Hours Hardcover – June 1, 2008
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Martin confides his concerns to two of his fellow detectives, and soon he and his colleagues are joined by Assistant District Attorney Lisa Harris as a web of previous suspicious deaths of disabled victims emerges, all of whom appear to have been in contact with the mysterious Midnight.
A task force is set up to investigate the murders, and soon Martin, Lisa, and the team are involved in a case so complex, and so baffling, that they begin to feel as though they are chasing a shadow, a clever and resourceful criminal who they describe as being "like fog that disappears in bright light."
When police dispatcher Denise Woods is attacked and almost killed by the murderer, the police finally believe they are on the trail of Midnight, only to find yet more clouds of mystery as they attempt to penetrate the veil of the elusive killer.
What links Midnight with the name Norma Fields, and is Norma connected to the oddly named Norm Able? What connection does the reportedly dead sailor J.R Olson have with the case?
Vivian Zabel has crafted a beautifully and hauntingly compelling crime drama that leads the reader down one blind alleyway after another as Martin Rogers attempts to unravel the mystery. The tension is wonderfully wracked up as the storyline builds towards its shattering conclusion. Without doubt, this is one for the crime fiction aficionados, a book that cries out to be read, and one which I found very hard to put down once I'd begun. The characters are believable, the underlying romance that builds between Martin and the beautiful Lisa is tenderly and realistically handled, and the fear that things could go disastrously wrong for the heroes of this tale, right up to the end, is so palpable one can almost reach out and touch it.
A great read, tension personified, wonderfully written!
Brian L Porter
Author, the award winning, A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, Pestilence, Glastonbury, Avenue of the Dead, Purple Death, The Nemesis Cell.
Homicide lieutenant Martin Rogers is determined not to let debilitating injuries sustained in the line of duty defeat him. Disability doesn't suit the man who is used to taking care of others, but a madman's bullet forces him to accept help from family and friends. Confined to a wheelchair, the Internet becomes his social outlet and a woman known to him as "Midnight" serves as a welcome distraction from the pain of grueling physical therapy and rehabilitation. But as Martin presses her for more personal information, he learns that she bears an uncanny resemblance to a woman whose photo was found in the pocket of a dead paraplegic. To complicate matters, she's also a dead ringer for an attractive assistant D.A.
The story of Midnight and why she preys on vulnerable, disabled men is a compelling one, as is Martin's struggle to prove to himself and the rest of the team that he's still an able contributor and adversary to this dangerous criminal who has now set her sights on him. Calculating as Midnight is, she has made a grievous error: Martin isn't helpless, and he isn't alone. Will her rage and frustration at being thwarted by Martin cause Midnight to make a fatal mistake? Or will she manage to stay one step ahead of her "Copper"?
Author Vivian Zabel has created a cast of credible characters - men and women who are neither superheroes, nor archvillains, but people readers can relate to and care about. Readers who enjoy mystery, but who are fed up with dialogue in which four-letter words are used in place of commas, will be relieved to note that Zabel spins a yarn without resorting to excessive or inappropriate profanity.
The plot moves along at a comfortable pace, occasionally taking twists and turns that are surprising yet plausible. I tend to like character-driven fiction with an intriguing story, which this is. My friends groan when they catch me reading the last pages of a book before I finish the first pages, but it helps me to decide if I care whether the characters make it from point A - the first page - to Z - the last. Not only did I care, I'm eager to read the sequel: Darkest Before Dawn.
The author makes you believe in the reality of her characters. Details of the investigation are true to life. The Oklahoma countryside is beautifully described and gives the novel a strong sense of place. The plot is filled with surprising, but thoroughly believable twists that keep the reader guessing up to and beyond the last page.
Zabel has created a fast moving plot with characters you come to care about, a satisfying romance, and suspense that keeps you reading. Readers of crime fiction will appreciate Zabel's latest novel and will be hoping for more. I love a good murder mystery. I recommend this one highly for readers who are looking for interesting and believable characters, a tension filled plot, and a realistic setting.