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Midnight Rambler: A Novel of Suspense Paperback – September 25, 2007
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“Midnight Rambler is a heavy hitter, fast and spare. Travis McGee meets Philip Marlow.”
–Randy Wayne White, author of Hunter’s Moon
“Moves like a bullet train on overdrive . . . I tore through this one without putting on the brakes. I guarantee you will, too!”
“Midnight Rambler kept me up all night long, and Jack Carpenter is as appealing a hero as I’ve ever met. The only problem with Swain’s riveting thrillers is they end.”
–Tess Gerritsen, author of The Bone Garden
“Swain is one terrific writer.”
–The Wall Street Journal
Top Customer Reviews
But Carpenter is good at what he does - and ekes out a living as a consultant to police department that need his experience to recover lost children. And he does just that. Then Jack's life threatens to unravel further. The body of the Midnight Rambler's last victim is found in her prostitute sister's backyard, with her pimp's cross, clutched in her hand.
Now the local radio shock jock is up in arms. Skell's wife and attorney are trying Jack in the media with his help, and more people are going missing. While the local police try to distance themselves from Jack, an FBI agent believes Jack's story - and together they begin to unearth a much greater problem than the Midnight Rambler. But getting to the truth puts everything at risk - witnesses who have stepped forward in the past are being killed or threatened, Jack's few remaining relationships are drying up, and someone's doing a great job of setting Jack up as the real Midnight Rambler!
The action never stops and you'd better be prepared to keep reading once you start! Like Tony Valentine (another of Swain's great characters), you'll find yourself pulling for Jack every step of the way.
Armchair Interviews says: Great to have a main character you really want to root for.
In this first installment of an apparent new series, the promised grittier character that is more prone to violence and more explosive was apparently kept under wraps, or more accurately turned out to be Jack's dog, not Jack. The most exciting and interesting new character offered in this book is Jack's dog whose appearances I found myself anticipating more than Jack's. I did appreciate the insights into the realities of missing persons and lost children (statistical as well as anecdotal), and the harrowing scene in Disney World was a great case study in itself. But I felt the entire time that Tony Valentine had changed addresses and specialties.
There was a "softness" about the book and its characters in that as the mystery and conspiracy began to come into focus, the conspirators were too quick to "roll over" and take their medicine. I found a lot of character stereotyping from Jack's angry former police colleague, to Skell's groupie wife, to the fickle media, and to the child abusers themselves. There is a very readable mystery here, especially determining who the various conspirators are as things begin to unravel.Read more ›
Ever since he left the force, Carpenter has dedicated himself to finding missing children, a commitment he unfailingly pursues. While dedicated to stopping Skell, Jack takes time out to help desperate couples, offering a chilling view of the world of child exploitation. All too often, Jack must face the parents with the worst possible news, so it is a relief when he successfully completes a few rescues while dealing with Skell's uncanny manipulation of public opinion, Skell's wife and lawyer holding frequent press conferences, setting the stage for Jack's ultimate denouement. A little worse for wear, living alone with hopes of reuniting with his wife of twenty years, Carpenter is a sympathetic protagonist, the underdog mercilessly taunted by the past and the very public exposure of his mistakes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't read Swain's books fast enough. Just a joy. Now on the his next one.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Eighty-one percent of the people who reviewed this book on Amazon.com gave it 4 or 5 stars. Only 18% gave it 3 stars and below. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joyce S. Rathbone
James Swain has become a must read. His books always have twists and turns that keep you guessing and do not fail.Published 3 months ago by Ernest Chintalan
I couldn't put this book down. The suspense, guessing and excitement never ends right to the end. A must read!Published 4 months ago by mary sue lewis
First of all, I'm a James Swain fan and have read nearly all of his books. His series about gambling and gamblers is great and I enjoyed all of the books in that series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Harper
So far, all of James Swain's books are great reads. The writing is crisp.Published 11 months ago by rick stpierre
A fast-paced thriller from a master story-teller. It was a little rough at times, but a real gripper!Published 11 months ago by G. J. Moore
Always love James Swain. Am reading all of his books chronologically right now. Jack Carpenter is a great new character and I hope to see more of him in the future.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer