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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979751330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979751332
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,528,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Midnight Hours, by Vivian Zabel, first captured my attention as a short story. I wanted more. And indeed, there was more to the story...

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.
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Police detective Martin Rogers is recovering from a shooting, working hard to regain the use of his legs. To fill in the long hours of inactivity, Rogers spends time in an internet chat room, playing cards with a regular group of surfers. That is until the witching hour, when he and the mysterious woman known only as Midnight connect via cyberspace and disappear into their own virtual world. Martin finds himself becoming more and more intrigued and enamoured by the elusive woman, who seems to find him strangely attractive despite his disability. When Midnight refuses to reveal any personal details about herself, despite Martin being openly honest with her, he begins to suspect that the woman he is falling for may not be all that she seems.
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?
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While recovering from an accident that confined him to a wheel chair, Police detective Martin Rogers finds an interest in life through an Internet connection with a lovely woman. Or is she what she seems? She has given Martin a reason for living, but when she sends a picture of herself that is a duplicate of one found in the pocket of a dead paraplegic, Martin and his police buddies wonder if she's given him a reason for dying.

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.
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Midnight Hours by Vivian Gilbert Zabel is a book that anyone who enjoys crime dramas should read. Gilbert has written a tension-filled tale that leads the reader from one surprising twist of plot to another. There is no need for my reiterating the plot details as homicide lieutenant Martin Rogers seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding Midnight, a woman who preys on disabled men she meets through the Internet, since two previous reviewers have both done so. Instead, I will simply confirm what they have said about Zabel creating believable characters and a plot that grabs your interest from the start and carries you along spellbound until the dramatic conclusion. If you enjoy reading compelling, tension-packed crime fiction, then this is a must-read book for you. Zabel has written a winner with this book! I recommend this book most highly.
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